Study of Hercules for "The Choice of Hercules"
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, Italian, 1708 - 1787
Batoni ran one of the most famous and influential studios in eighteenth-century Rome, and his reputation throughout Europe was equaled by few painters of his day. The painting for which this is a study is now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, and shows the mythological Roman hero Hercules choosing between Virtue and Vice, personified by two beautiful women.
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