Christ Carrying the Cross
37 × 28.5 × 23 cm
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Between 1576 and 1589 Giambologna executed six silver statuettes depicting the labours of Hercules as a commission for Ferdinando I, grand duke of Turscany. Although the works did not survive, the sculptor carved the composition
of Hercules and Nessus in marble, which still stands at its original site at the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. The popularity of the statue is shown by the small bronzes that Giambologna’s students cast after it with slight alterations. The finely
chiselled, high-quality statuette in Budapest belongs to the earliest casts after Giambologna’s original composition and it can be linked to the master’s close associate, the excellent bronzecaster Antonio Susini.