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Hercules Seated, study for Hercules and Omphale

A work made of red, black, and white chalk, with stumping, on light brown laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of red, black, and white chalk, with stumping, on light brown laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.

Date:

1724

Artist:

François Lemoyne
French, 1688-1737

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.

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Artist

François Le Moyne

Title

Hercules Seated, study for Hercules and Omphale

Origin

France

Date

1724

Medium

Red, black, and white chalk, with stumping, on light brown laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: "2"; upper right, in graphite: "4/6"

Dimensions

402 × 320 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.969

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