Study of Hercules Resting, with Separate Studies of His Head and Foot (recto); Rectangular grid design (verso)

Date:

1595/97

Artist:

Annibale Carracci
Italian, 1560–1609

About this artwork

This is a highly finished study for a fresco mural of the same subject in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. Hercules, the hero of Greek myth, is identified by his club, a lion’s hide, and the apple in his right hand. Though lifelike, the figure was not drawn from a live model but rather from statues available to the artist in Rome, especially an ancient Roman
sculpture of a reclining river god.

The blue paper creates a mid tone between the black and white chalks, granting Hercules a greater degree of volume and naturalism and dramatically enhancing Annibale Carracci’s fluid, masterful line.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 126

Artist

Annibale Carracci

Title

Study of Hercules Resting, with Separate Studies of His Head and Foot (recto); Rectangular grid design (verso)

Origin

Italy

Date

1595–1597

Medium

Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on blue laid paper

Dimensions

259 x 395 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.838

Extended information about this artwork

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