Infant Hercules

The archival 3D scan is available on Thingiverse here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1726746

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Creator: Julien Dillens [1849-1904]
Date: 1880s
Dimensions: 18 x 5 x 5 inches
Date Acquired: 2014-03-25
From Where?: Lommel, Limburg (Belgium)

Story time! This statue was salvaged from an abandoned house by a lady in Belgium who was renovating it for re-sale. She took it home and kept it displayed on her desk for the past 40 years. When it was time to pass it on this statue was apparently so repulsive that the sellers’ children refused to take it. The artist was very famous in his day and as a collector and student of art I am inclined to trust a talented artist in the face of public opinion, especially when he has proven himself elsewhere (he designed public monuments in Brussels and Ghent, the latter gaining him a Medal of Honor at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889). Tastes change, but a misunderstood work of art will be gone forever if it is not rescued from oblivion. This is the kind of art that I live for :)

Did the Manneken Pis inspire Julien Dillens’ version 200 years later? The mystery continues…

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