About this artwork
Carefully distributed across a tan sheet of paper, these studies of a male nude for the figure of Hercules were made in preparation for François Lemoyne’s masterpiece, Hercules and Omphale, painted in Rome in 1724. In the myth illustrated by the work, the Classical hero is reluctantly forced by Omphale to submit to spinning wool like a woman. Interweaving the red, black, and white chalks made famous by Antoine Watteau in the prior decade, this drawing heralds the grace and beauty of the French Rococo while reflecting the powerful experience of Michelangelo’s Sistine Ignudi.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- François Le Moyne
- Hercules Seated, study for Hercules and Omphale
- Red, black, and white chalk, with stumping, on light brown laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper
- Inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: "2"; upper right, in graphite: "4/6"
- 402 × 320 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection