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Infant Hercules Strangling Snakes: M.10-1951

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Infant Hercules Strangling Snakes


Sculptor: Fanelli, Francesco




Copper alloy, probably brass, cast, and chased. The infant Hercules kneels on his left knee, holding one snake in his left hand above his head, whilst pinning another to the ground with his other hand. On a rough base, hole in left side of head, in the snake held in the left hand, and in the left side of his body.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Percy Moore Turner

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm
Length: 12.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1951) by Turner, Percy Moore


17th Century, Mid-Late
After 1630 CE - Before 1700 CE


Anglo-Italian, previously called Venetian, first half of the 16th century. Fanelli was born in Florence in 1577, was active in Genoa from 1605-30, came to England and worked for Charles I, and was last documented here in 1641. The attribution of the Hercules to Fanelli is based on its close similarity to a fountain design by Fanelli, published in his 'Varie Architeture' (Antwerp, n.d., plate 19).

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably brass Copper alloy
Brass (alloy)

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably brass, cast, and chased

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10-1951
Primary reference Number: 13922
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_10_1951
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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