For the first time, an in-depth interpretation of the myth about the hero of pagan Antiquity, from the Christian Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Brescia stages the exhibition on Hercules, the city's mythical founder.
Brescia stages an exhibition on Hercules, the city’s mythical founder. For the first time, an in-depth interpretation of the myth about the hero of pagan Antiquity, from the Christian Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The cultural links between Hercules and Brescia are so strong that they deserve a full-scale celebration. As a result, the exhibition has gathered together an impressive collection of archeological finds dating from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance representing some of the themes associated with the figure of Hercules. The aim is to analyze the transition between the pagan myth of Hercules, the recovery which took place in the medieval Christian context and its presence in the art of the Renaissance. Depictions of Hercules appear on the facades of certain cathedrals during the Christian period, for example St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the cathedral of Fidenza and the cathedrals of Auxerre and Arles. An important section of the exhibition examines the persistence of the myth into the Renaissance, especially in Florence, for example, the painting of Hercules and the Hydra by Antonio del Pollaiolo in the Uffizi Gallery. In the 15th century in Brescia, the myth of Hercules began to be celebrated, in homage to a tradition which had lasted since at least the 13th century, whereas the story of the founding of the city was relaunched in a later period by a few scholars and archeologists, who wrote the first stories about the city in Latin.