Heracles Beating the Centaur Nessus Picture

Sculpted from marble in 1599 by Jean de Boulogne, better known as Giambologna, this statue is now in the Loggia del Lanzi in Florence.

According to classical mythology, Nessus stole Heracles’ wife Deianeira, and Heracles shot him with a poisoned arrow. In Giambologna’s version, Heracles is giving Nessus a good hiding, presumably for interfering with his wife.
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