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Title

Hercules and Cacus

1588

Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Netherlands

1558 – 1617

  • Details

    Date
    1588
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    chiaroscuro woodcut, line block in black and 2 tone blocks in ochre and brown
    Edition
    iii of 4 states
    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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Hendrick Goltzius

    Works in the collection

    7

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Nicholas Batchelor, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Nicholas Batchelor 2013. By descent. The donor, Nicholas Batchelor, was given the print by his grandfather, himself a descendent of the popular English Victorian artist Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899). It is entirely possible, indeed probable, that the print passed down the family line from Birket Foster

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