In 1989, Joe Weider commissioned Lorenzo Ghiglieri to produce this oil painting based on a famous print depicting a training session at the Hercules Club in Vienna. The original print was made over one hundred years ago. Close observers will see Joe’s likeness painted into one of the beer hoisting onlookers and, on the wall, a portrait of Hans Steyer, the Bavarian Hercules. The painting was received in 2011 as one of eight significant pieces of art donated from Joe and Betty Weider’s private collection related to the history of physical culture. It is now displayed in the Stark Center lobby above the Warren Lincoln Travis Dumbbell, which weighs 1560 pounds. As for the artist, Lorenzo Ghiglieri is renowned for his bronze sculptures and has other works on permanent display at the White House and the Vatican.

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