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Title

Hercules fighting against the Centaurs

1542

Artist

Hans Beham

Germany

1500 – 1550

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Hans Beham

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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