Hercules in the present bronze is shown breathless and tired. It has been suggested that the statue depicts the hero after having strangled the Nemean Lion or resting after fetching the apples of Hesperides, or indeed recovering from the efforts of his twelve labours.
The Antique marble of the Farnese Hercules, currently in the collection of the Museo Nazionale, Naples, is an overwhelming 10'4¾" (317cm.) in height. It is beleived to be the work of Glycon, after a Greek original by Lysippus, and was found in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, in 1540.