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José Ribelles y Helip (Valencia 1778-1835 Madrid)
José Ribelles y Helip (Valencia 1778-1835 Madrid)

A view of the courtyard of the Palazzo Farnese , Rome with the Farnese Hercules

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José Ribelles y Helip (Valencia 1778-1835 Madrid)
A view of the courtyard of the Palazzo Farnese , Rome with the Farnese Hercules
with inscription 'Ro, 12.'
black chalk, two shades of brown wash on two sheets of paper
12 7/8 x 8 1/8 in. (32.6 x 20.5 cm.)

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The Farnese Hercules, shown here in reverse to the original, is a Roman sculpture from circa 216 AD which was recovered in 1546. Soon after being rediscovered the statue came into the collection of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, grandson of Pope Paul III, who kept it at the Farnese Palace, Rome. Along with most of the other works from the Farnese collection, the statue was moved to Naples in 1787 and it is now in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

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