Hercules Resting (recto)

Hercules Resting (recto)


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Annibale Carracci

(Italian, c. 1560-1609)

Black chalk heightened with white, squared in black chalk on right, incised (edges of figure)

Support: Blue paper (faded to brown-green), laid down on beige(1) laid paper, perimeter mounted to tertiary support of white Japanese paper

Sheet: 35.5 x 52.4 cm (14 x 20 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 36.6 x 53.3 cm (14 7/16 x 21 in.); Tertiary Support: 38.3 x 55 cm (15 1/16 x 21 5/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.52.a



The legacy of Michelangelo’s athletic male nudes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling endured in the work of artists generations later. When Bolognese artist Annibale Carracci was commissioned to paint a ceiling in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome in 1595, he worked with full knowledge of Michelangelo’s creations. This study for Hercules resting after his labors, emblems of his triumphs at his feet, may have been inspired by the reclining figure of Adam in the Creation of Adam scene. The figure also demonstrates Carracci’s knowledge of ancient sculptures, such as a river god then in the Farnese collection.

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