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The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Conquering Troy

The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Conquering Troy

(German, 1500–1550)
Catalogue raisonné: Pauli 105
Location: not on view


According to legend, before the Trojan War, Hercules traveled to Troy and pillaged it. In this battle scene packed with soldiers and war horses, Hercules can be identified by the lion-skin cape billowing behind him. He uses a lance made from a small tree, torn out by the roots, while his steed tosses a piercing glance directly at the viewer. 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.
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