Head of Herakles, of the Dresden-Copenhagen type

Early Imperial Period
A.D. 1–150

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 163; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 33 x 17 cm (13 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Not On View


The Ancient World



The nose is restored; the outer part of the right ear is broken and rubbed away, the left ear has been damaged, and some locks of the hair have been rubbed.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI773: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.88 / delta18O -7.46, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - Fine grained marble.


By 1726, Francesco Trevisan (b. 1658 - d. 1732), Venice [see note 1]; by inheritance, through Trevisan's nephews, to Angelo I Giacomo Giustinian Recanati (b. 1757 - d. 1813), Venice; about 1890s, sold upon the dispersal of the Trevisan-Giustinian collection [see note 2]. By 1897, acquired by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London; 1897, sold by Edward Perry Warren to the MFA [see note 3]. (Accession Date: October 5, 1897)

[1] See Irene Favaretto, Arte Antica e Cultura Antiquaria nelle Collezioni Venete al Tempo della Serenissima (Rome, 1990), p. 379, pl. 54, showing an engraved illustration of this head, then in the form of a bust, in a 1726 publication of the Trevisan collection. According to Edward Perry Warren's records, the head was said to be from the Nani collection, but John Marshall inquired in Venice "and was assured by Zuber that it came with many things that went to Berlin from the Trevisano-Guistiniani collection." Many thanks to Jörg Deterling with his assistance in verifying its ownership by Trevisan.

[2] On the dispersal of the collection, see Favaretto 1990 (as above, n. 1), pp. 193-195.

[3] Sold for $25,000.00 (the total price for MFA accession nos. 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104).

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund