The terracotta is a model of the big size marble sculpture which was acquired by Frederich IV of Denmark during a trip to Italy in 1709. The sovereign's choice states the great and immediate fortune of the group representing Hercules and the Nemean lion, which will be replicated by the sculptor in two other monumental marbles .
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