The elegant 15th century Renaissance tomb of Giovanni Arberini, in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, recycles an ancient Roman sarcophagus in its design.
The relief depicts Hercules fighting the Nemean lion, the first of his twelve labours.
The semi-divine hero's nakedness has been tempered by the strategic deployment of a fig leaf.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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