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

A work made of black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on blue laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on blue laid paper.

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.

Status

On loan to The Morgan Library and Museum for Pure Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection

Department

Prints and Drawings

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 × 395 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.838

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