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The Fountain of Hercules
Description The Fountain of Hercules was erected in the residential building of the Royal Palace of Visegrád, in the centre of the inner courtyard. The fountain is a unique monument of the Renaissance in Hungary; the Italian Quattrocento fountains were its paragons. On the sides of the octagonal basin, Matthias' coats of arms appear among garlands of fruit, tied with ribbons. The well statute rose above the circular well-bowl held by putti, decorated with gemstone motifs: struggle of Hercules and the Hydra of Lerna. A fountain of water jets sprung up from the animal's throats. In the contemporary art of the Matthias era the figure of Hercules implied the warrior king; in this case Hercules depicted as a child refers to prince János Corvin. The leading master builder of the workshop, where the fountain was sculptured, probably was Giovanni Dalmata.
Material Polished red marble
Date of Discovery 1941-1942
Age 1485-1490 AD
Appearances
(articles/news/ publications/exhibitions)
Meller Péter: La Fontana di Mattia Corvino a Visegrád, Annuario 1947., Firenze 1948. 47-72.; Buzás Gergely - Réti Mária - Szőnyi Endre: Giovanni Dalmata Herkules-kútja a visegrádi királyi palotában. Budapest - Visegrád 2001.; Buzás Gergely: A visegrádi királyi palota története. In.: A visegrádi királyi palota. Szerk.: Buzás Gergely – Orosz Krisztina. Budapest, 2010. 62-66., 81. http://visegradmuzeum.hu/herkules-kut 66
Place of Location (Place of Custody) HNM King Matthias Museum, Visegrád
Condition Reconstructed from stone carvings and fragments
Literature/references
Place of Discovery/Collection (place) Visegrád - Royal Palace
Dimensions, weight H: 4.18 m, diameter of octagonal pool: 3.52 m, diameter of well-bowl: 2.34 m; well-sculpture: H: 0.76 m, maximum width: 0.709 m
Registration number not available
Explorer/Collector János Schulek

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