Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus

Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus

One would think that Heracles is getting the better of the situation here and, momentarily, he is. He kills the centaur Nessus but, as always in greek mythology, before he dies, Nessus finds a way to extract revenge. He tells Heracles' wife that if Heracles wears a shirt soaked in Nessus' blood, it will prevent him from being unfaithful. Needless to say, it doesn't work and ends up engulfing Heracles in flames which ultimately kills him. I say ultimately because, and how manly is this, Heracles has the time to build his own funeral pyre before he expires.

What a guy. Most people hate to even think about their own will. No wonder we're still talking about him, 3000 or so years later. Of course, when we do talk about him, we generally don't bring up that he killed quite a few of his own children, cheated incessantly on his wifes or that he had many (innumerable, it was said) male lovers.

It seems we mythologize even our mythology. In fact, this fight as we see it never took place - even in mythology. Heracles shot Nessus with a poisoned arrow.

Some facts that we can count on: The sculpture was carved, impressively, from a single block of marble by Giambologna and it sits in the Loggia dei Lanzi, in the Piazza della Signoria, in Florence.

My other photographs of things mythological can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 30 mm
35mm Focal Length: 45 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 800


Taken: 2009-05-24 16:35:33
Posted: 2013-02-26 | 18:15





Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus

Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus

One would think that Heracles is getting the better of the situation here and, momentarily, he is. He kills the centaur Nessus but, as always in greek mythology, before he dies, Nessus finds a way to extract revenge. He tells Heracles' wife that if Heracles wears a shirt soaked in Nessus' blood, it will prevent him from being unfaithful. Needless to say, it doesn't work and ends up engulfing Heracles in flames which ultimately kills him. I say ultimately because, and how manly is this, Heracles has the time to build his own funeral pyre before he expires.

What a guy. Most people hate to even think about their own will. No wonder we're still talking about him, 3000 or so years later. Of course, when we do talk about him, we generally don't bring up that he killed quite a few of his own children, cheated incessantly on his wifes or that he had many (innumerable, it was said) male lovers.

It seems we mythologize even our mythology. In fact, this fight as we see it never took place - even in mythology. Heracles shot Nessus with a poisoned arrow.

Some facts that we can count on: The sculpture was carved, impressively, from a single block of marble by Giambologna and it sits in the Loggia dei Lanzi, in the Piazza della Signoria, in Florence.

My other photographs of things mythological can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 30 mm
35mm Focal Length: 45 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 800


Taken: 2009-05-24 16:35:33
Posted: 2013-02-26 | 18:15


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