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Circle of Jean Francois Lagrenee (French, 1725-1805), monumental 18th century mythological painting titled Hercules Returning From War, depicting the Roman god seated and relaxing in a landscape setting with women (one possibly Minerva) and a child, with cherub figures overhead and a lion laying at his feet. Molded parcel gilt frame. Sight: 93" H x 61 1/2" W. Frame: 99 1/2" H x 67 3/4" W. Note: this painting bears an old plaque attributing it to German painter Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779), however, we believe the theme and style are more closely related to that of French painter Jean Francois Lagrenee. Provenance: the estate of David Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. This painting, and its companion in the previous lot, depicting Hercules Going to War, have been a focal point of two important Belle Meade mansions in Nashville. Most recently the centerpieces of David and Yvonne Caldwell's home, they were acquired approximately 30 years ago from James Fowler Sr. of Nashville. Fowler acquired the paintings more than 20 years before that time, when he purchased his own mansion in Belle Meade, formerly owned by Mrs. Sally Smith.
CONDITION: Overall good condition. Relined, restored and revarnished approximately 60 years ago; craquelure and scattered inpainting throughout. Repair or infill painting to chest and arm of baby, up to 4"L, and to legs of lower cherub; repair or infill painting to Hercules' chest (largest 2"), neck and cheek, and to Athena's hand. 2" dent upper right, sky area, no paint loss.