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HERCULES.

MODEL IN PLASTeR.—M. BOICHET.

Hercules, accompanied by his usual attributes, the akin of the Nemaean lion, and his club, is seated, and appears to solace himself after his labours.

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The fallen Hydra, at the feet of the hero, announces that he has just overcome that formidable monster.

This subject, required of the artist in the most turbulent period of the French revolution, was allegorical of the circumstances which then existed.

It was executed for the purpose of adorning the Pantheon, formerly Sainle-Genevieve, (that celebrated monument of works of art,) which, for some years past, has been honoured with its ancient name, and its primitive destination. The model is placed under the peristyle.

This figure of Hercules is remarkable for the beauty of its attitude, the dignity of its character, and its judicious details.

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