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Lucas Faydherbe (1617-1697) Omphale, Terracotta. Faydherbe was from a dynasty of sculptors in Mechelen (today in Belgium). He worked in Ruben's studio for three years from 1636 and was strongly influenced by him. In classical legend, Omphale, Queen of Lydia, kept the hero Hercules as her slave and lover. The subject was popular in the 1600s. This bust was probably designed to be seen from below as part of the decoration of a domestic doorway. This is one of three almost identical busts.

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Lucas Faydherbe (1617-1697) Omphale, Terracotta.  Faydherbe was from a dynasty of sculptors in Mechelen (today in Belgium).  He worked in Ruben's studio for three years from 1636 and was strongly influenced by him. In classical legend, Omphale, Queen of Lydia, kept the hero Hercules as her slave and lover.  The subject was popular in the 1600s.  This bust was probably designed to be seen from below as part of the decoration of a domestic doorway.  This is one of three almost identical busts.