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Culture
Germany, 16th century
Title
The Labors of Hercules: Hercules and the Columns of Gades
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Work Type
Print
Date
1545
Material
engraving
Description
Beham was one of several German printmakers referred to today as the “Little Masters.” They established their artistic prowess by engraving remarkably small prints, appealing to collectors fascinated with miniature objects and curiosities. Here, Beham has packed 12 larger-than-life stories of the mighty Hercules into tiny prints. The series includes three of the 12 labors Hercules performed as penance for slaying his children in a fit of madness: Strangling the Nemean Lion, Killing the Lernean Hydra, and Dragging Cerberus from the Underworld. The other scenes depict tales from his life and the events preceding his death. The son of Jupiter and the mortal Alcmena, Hercules was both man and god. His saga of moral and physical trials made him one of the most popular classical heroes in Renaissance art.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: PR - Engraving
Department: Prints
Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Accession Number
Related Item
Pauli 101
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1923.120.8_full.tif
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24580766

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