Sienkewicz Abstract Herculean Fortitude in Florence

Tom Sienkewicz

Herculean Transformations of Herculean Fortitude in Florence

Sienkewicz illustrates the history of Herculean iconography in the history, art and literature of Florence from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance and into the twentieth century.

A brief chronological overview of selected literary texts from Late Antiquity and the Renaissance, which helped to mould or to articulate Renaissance attitudes towards the hero, is followed by a survey of some specific public representations of the hero in Florentine art.

Supplementary images, referred to in the chapter, can be found linked from this page.