Endowed with wings on his heels, and hat of a traveler, “Mercury” has been shown as elevating air blown out of the cherub as his face can be seen underneath his foot. Since long, this face was known to be representing a wind god. The sculpture, with an approximate height of six feet, is representing Mercury, a messenger for the ancient gods of Rome. In the mythology of Greece, he is also referred to as Hermes. Mercury was also known as the patron of diplomacy, arts, commerce, eloquence and learning. The wand he is carrying is also referred to as a caduceus, identified as symbolizing peace. Within a text in attribution with Hyginus (a Latin author from first century), Mercury has been extending the wand between two snakes in a fight and as a result the conflict came to an end. An additional idea in relation with the element mercury is referred to as the way in which it ends up becoming vaporous on being heated. This might be seen as the allusion of sculptor to molten metal, which is exhaled and transmuted by the process of casting in a new creation. Mercury is pointing his index finger to depict ancient Roman gods as the source of comfort, peace and truth.
Mercury had been the only known cultural valuable artefact of Russia, in displacement through the war that remained in Austria (Lichtenstein 8). This piece of art is well known for its fineness in the sense of movement and action, followed by being a well- differentiated and refined surface finish. The finger pointed upwards is a gesture that one borrows out the repertory aspect in classical rhetoric. This is the key attribute for the maniera of Giambologna.
The sculpture tends to be showing a figure being the size of a sleek youth, developed as he ended up taking flight, depicting a stupefying surge, superhuman and lively action commenced out of the blowing, finished off to elegantly move his index finger. The finger is pointed upwards that is the only place of divine protection and true wisdom (Scholten 778). Several depictions of Venus by Giambologna developed a canon of shares, while setting models for the representation of goddess that influenced until two generations of sculptures from Northern Europe and Italy.
This piece of art resulted in creating allegories with the key purpose to promote Medicean propaganda of Politics. Mercury has been shown with a traveller’ hat and wings on his heels. The posture depicts elevation of air blown from the face on which he has elegantly placed his foot. For a long period of time, this face was known to be representing a wind god.
For the artist, demonstration of supremacy to paint in comparison with sculpture had been the biggest urgency (Hecht126). As a matter of fact, it can be stated that painting seemed to be a universal truth with key capability to recreate different forms of nature as perfectly as possible. In a number of eloquent arguments, he can be seen extending the comparison of sculpture and painting within the realms of music and poetry for arguing that painting is among the most superior and noble one out of all the other forms of art. All of these approaches used in the sculpture are all- encompassing and unprecedented.