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Title

Hercules and Cacus


Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Netherlands

1558 - 1617


About

Goltzius’s only dated woodcut illustrates an episode from one of the twelve labours of Hercules: Hercules capturing the cattle of Geryon. Cacus, the son of Vulcan – god of fire, stole eight of Hercules’ cattle and hid them in his cave. He then blocked the entrance by chaining a boulder across the mouth. Hercules pursued Cacus, broke into the cave and gave battle. Goltzius shows Hercules at his moment of triumph, his club above his head, about to slay the fire-breathing thief.


Details


Date

1588


Media category

Print


Materials used

Chiaroscuro woodcut, line block in black and tone blocks in ochre and brown


Dimensions

41.6 x 33.6 cm trimmed just outside border


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Nicholas Batchelor 2013. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

276.2013


Artist information

Hendrick Goltzius

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


F.W.H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts c.1450-1700, Amsterdam, 1949, vol.III: 122. no.373

Walter L Strauss, Hendrik Goltzius, 1558-1617: the complete engravings and woodcuts, New York, 1977, vol.II: 696-99. no.403