Resting heavily against an upright support, her cocked hip emphasizing the curve of her body, the Lydian queen Omphale is sensual and ideally proportioned; however, Jean-Léon Gérôme also took great pride in accuracy. He took photographs of his model next to the sculpture for which this is a preparatory sketch. The Lydian queen wears the lion skin of Hercules, whom she had bought as a slave. He was sold by the gods as punishment for killing his friend.

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  • Title: Omphale
  • Date Created: c. 1887
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet dimensions: 13 9/16 x 8 9/16 in. (34.45 x 21.75 cm)
  • Type: Drawings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5327152/
  • Medium: Graphite on cream wove paper
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Henry H. Hawley
  • Artist Nationality: French
  • Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme