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Title

Hercules fighting against the Centaurs

1542


Artist

Hans Beham

Germany

1500 - 1550


About

Beham was one of the Little Masters, a small band of Nuremberg artists who came under the influence of Dürer. Their engravings are tiny yet exquisitely crafted and finely detailed. The subject-matter derives from the twelve labours of Hercules. During the fourth labour Hercules visits the centaur Pholus, who had been given a cask of wine by Dionysus. Against Pholus’s wishes, Hercules opens the cask. The scent of the wine sends the centaurs into a frenzy and they attack Hercules. In this print, the hero receives assistance from other men, a detail of Beham’s own invention.


Details


Other Title

Hercules defeating the Centaurs


Alternative title

AERVMNAE HERCVLIS (The labors of Hercules)


Date

1542


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

v of 5 states


Dimensions

5.0 x 7.8 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, [incised plate] "15 HSB [artist's monogram] 42".


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

10.1977


Artist information

Hans Beham

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 12.