The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Conquering Troy

Sebald Beham1545

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

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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  • Title: The Labors of Hercules: Hercules Conquering Troy
  • Creator: Hans Sebald Beham (German, 1500-1550)
  • Date Created: 1545
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1950.462
  • Medium: engraving
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Germany, 16th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams Collection
  • Collection: PR - Engraving
  • Accession Number: 1950.462

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