So called from the place where the original was found in France. This figure strongly resembles, and was probably imitated after, the famous Farnese Hercules, which was the work of Glycon, of Athens. Concerning the latter statue we have this interesting account in Viardot's "Marvels of Sculpture:" "At first only the torso was discovered, and Paul III ordered Michael Angelo to supply the missing legs. But the Florentine had scarcely finished his clay model, when he broke it to pieces with his hammer, declaring he would not add a finger to such a statue. It was a less celebrated, and less scrupulous artist, Giacomo Della Porta, who restored the work of Glycon. A little later, the legs were found in a well, three miles from the thermal baths of Caracalla, where the torso was found, and the Borghesi presented them to the King of Naples, who was thus enabled to complete the antique statue almost entirely, the left hand alone being still wanting." It is a striking representation of power in repose--of calm, self-sufficient strength. [Pp. 7-8; exhibited under heading: "Catalogue of Casts."]
Fifth Exhibition, 1873-1874. San Francisco Art Association Catalogue. Price, 25 cts.