Tabernacle of the Condemned
7 September 2016
Madonna and Child
7 September 2016

Ercole by Giovanni Maria Barbieri known as Il Guercino

Giovanni Maria Barbieri, known as Guercino


Villa Medicea, ​​Cerreto Guidi, Municipality of Cerreto Guidi

Hercules was very dear to the Florentines, because he was an intelligent and astute hero and represented the qualities necessary to govern a city. In this painting by Guercino, one of the great painters of the Baroque, he is shown after having killed the Nemean lion. He holds the animal's skin over his arm. This will become his impenetrable armour. Note the subtle attention to both the physical and the psychological characteristics of the subject.