Unknown statue, Palazzo Vecchio

Unknown sculpture, Palazzo Vecchio

An unknown statue in the Palazzo Vacchio, Florence, Italy. I’m fairly certain this is one of Bartolommeo Bandinelli’s Labors of Hercules. It is likely depicting the ninth labour, being Hercules defeating Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons to obtain her girdle. Palazzo Vecchio was the old town hall and has a very rich history associated with it. It’s clock tower is one of the landmarks of Florence. In art history, it is most famous for the Salone dei Cinquecento. This a beautifully painted room with sculptures and other decorations. The walls once had paintings, in various stages of completion, by both Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Both were lost in renovations by Giorgio Vasari a short time later. Michelangelo’s work was never completed. Though there are stories of the destruction of Leonardo’s work here, many attempts have been made to discover his original painting, but sadly all have failed.


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