The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Crushing Antaeus

1545
(German, 1500–1550)
Catalogue raisonné: Pauli 103
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The giant Antaeus was invincible as long as he touched the earth, which gave him his overwhelming strength. In this scene, Hercules cleverly heaves Antaeus off the ground to weaken and crush him. This tale was especially popular during the Renaissance, when it was perceived as an allegory of moral strength triumphiant over earthly desires. Beham was one of several German printmakers referred to today as the “Little Masters.” They established their artistic prowess by engraving remarkably small prints, appealing to collectors fascinated with miniature objects and curiosities.
The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Crushing Antaeus

The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Crushing Antaeus

1545

Hans Sebald Beham

(German, 1500–1550)
Germany, 16th century

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