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Title

Hercules at the crossroads

circa 1498

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 - 05 Apr 1528

  • Details

    Other Titles
    (Hercules choosing between Virtue and Vice)
    (The Hercules)
    (Hercules, or the Effects of Jealousy)
    Alternative title
    Die Eifersucht
    Date
    circa 1498
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Edition
    ii of 2 states
    Dimensions
    31.8 x 22.0 cm image; 32.2 x 22.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed lower c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1938
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    8503
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Albrecht Dürer

    Works in the collection

    14

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  • About

    The subject relates to a passage by the Greek writer Xenophon about the youthful Hercules deciding between Virtue and Pleasure. Dürer shows Pleasure lying naked with a satyr, about to be beaten by her opponent. Hercules wields a tree-trunk, ready to enter the fight. Dürer was inspired by Italian art for his representation of classical nudes in the landscape. The reclining figure is derived from an engraving by Mantegna while the muscular figure of Hercules is borrowed from a print by Antonio del Pollaiuolo that Dürer probably saw during his first trip to Italy in 1494–95.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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