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Hercules is one of the best loved heroes from ancient Greece. Known in antiquity for completing twelve tasks or ‘labours’ that confirmed his status as a god, Hercules is today tasked with one more - to show visitors to the Fitzwilliam how sculptures made in the Mediterranean millennia ago came to define western art. Hercules inhabits each of the forty objects on display, which range from exquisite miniatures and Renaissance prints, drawings and paintings, to Wedgwood cameos and a giant polystyrene statue. The result is an arresting visual experience of differing scales, styles and material, which gives ongoing meaning to the ‘classical’.

The story continues at the Museum of Classical Archaeology where you can see the cast of the Farnese Hercules - one of the oldest casts on site.

Image: Matthew Darbyshire, Untitled Hercules figurine, 2015 (ed 1 of 10), Cork, 200 x 80 x 80mm, Courtesy of the artist and Herald St, London

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