Editor's note: I try to keep things uplifting on Friday art day,
and Larry K is helping with that today . . . literally.
This second century statue of Hercules and Antaeus is in the Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy.
Antaeus was a bully who forced all passers-by to wrestle with him until they were exhausted,
and then he killed them. Hercules challenged Antaeus and they wrestled, but Antaeus was the
son of the Earth-goddess Gaia, and as long as his feet were on the ground, he drew strength
from the earth and could not be defeated. Perceiving this, Hercules
lifted Antaeus off the ground and vanquished him.