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Hercules mourning - Thomas Church, Strasbourg
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Eibacher Kuckuck
N 48° 34.778 E 007° 44.738
32U E 407483 N 5381486
Quick Description: This sculpture of Hercules is located in the Protestant Thomas Church in Strasbourg. It depicts Hercules mourning for Count Hermann Moritz of Saxony, a German commander and military thinker in the French service.
Location: Grand-Est, France
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 6:06:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMK656
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke
Views: 2

Long Description:
"Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures. Hercules can be identified by his attributes, the lion skin and the gnarled club (his favorite weapon)."

Source: Wikipedia (visit link)

In the Thomas Church in Strasbourg, a grave monument was built for for Count Hermann Moritz of Saxony by the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle from 1765 to 1776. In the monument, we see him wlaking heroically to his grave, while Hercules is sitting at the grave mourning for him. A strange sight!
Time Period: Ancient

Approximate Date of Epic Period: 1000 BC

Epic Type: Mythical

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

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