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Buy a life-size replica of the flying messenger of the gods Hermes sculpture

Giovanni da Bologna’s famous “Flying Mercury”, known as Hermes in Greek, depicts the Greek messenger of the gods as he soars through the air. The artist produced four versions of this statue. The statue offered here is the version from the Louvre. Mercury is depicted with a winged Petasos hat on his head and winged sandals, both of which together give him speed in flight. In his hand he holds the caduceus, also known as the wand of Hermes, the magic wand given to him by Apollo, which has come to symbolise the practice of medicine. The wand of Hermes is missing from the bronze statue we offer.

A bronze breathing column of Aeolus, the god of the wind, serves as a pedestal to propel Mercury upwards and forwards. Mercury points upwards towards Jupiter in a contraposto pose (body turn) that is as elegant as it is powerful. Given his anatomical knowledge and exceptional artistic skill, it is no wonder that da Bologna’s masterpiece from 1580 is still one of the most highly prized bronze works of art today.

 

You can buy this legendary Hermes figure as a life-size replica in our online shop. The detailed replica is produced in museum quality.

Description

Antique statue, cast bronze in museum quality

The sculpture is produced as a bronze casting using the traditional lost wax technique. The negative mould required for this is based on a 3D scan of the original in the Louvre.

 

Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the statues shown here. Marble casting from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.

 

Patinating the statue

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that causes the bronze to weather differently over time, depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that corresponds well to the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of suitable patinas in advance.

 

Buy customised replica statue online

Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.

 

Your very personal legacy

Our life-size cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic replicas, but also timeless reminders that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, this statue becomes an everlasting symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there.

 

Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two advanced civilisations for over a millennium. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity.

 

In keeping with the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome, the statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements.

 

Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

Antique statues are hardly available in the original. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into modern times. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of ancient sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!

 

Product details

Mercury by Giambologna
Item No.S19
MaterialBronze cast
height160 cm
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT