The Labors of Hercules: Hercules on his Pyre

The Labors of Hercules: Hercules on his Pyre

1548

Hans Sebald Beham

(German, 1500-1550)

Engraving

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams Collection 1950.470

Catalogue raisonné: Pauli 109

Location

Description

Driven insane by the shirt soaked in poisonous blood, Hercules builds a funeral pyre to cremate himself alive. He enlists a passing shepherd to light the pyre; Hercules rewards the shepherd with the gift of his weapons.

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.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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