2. An Athenian sculptor, the son of Nestor, was the maker of the celebrated torso of Hercules in the Belvedere, which is engraved in the Mus. Pio-Clement.
iii. pl. 10, and on which is inscribed ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΙΟΣ ΝΕΣΤΟΡΟΣ ΑΘΗΝΑΙΟΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΙ
. From the formation of the letters of the inscription, the age of the sculptor may be fixed at about the birth of Christ.
The work itself is one of the most splendid remains of Grecian art.
There is at Rome a statue of Aesculapius by the same artist. (Winckelmann, Werke,
i. p. 226, iii. p. 39, vi. pp. 64, 94, 101, vii. p. 215; Thiersch, Epochen,