About this artwork
Renaissance humanists were fascinated by antiquity— its mythic heroes, surviving architecture, coins, and sculpture. Noblemen even demanded that the historians inflating their family trees make them stretch all the way back to Hercules and other demigods. Historical figures were occasionally given mythological nicknames, like the Protestant reformer Martin Luther, who was sometimes known by his supporters as the “German Hercules.” These two Hercules prints by Albrecht Dürer fed the fascination with this hero’s legendary strength, dogged perseverance in the 12 Labors, and tragic, inescapable fate.
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- Prints and Drawings
- Albrecht Dürer
- Hercules at the Crossroads (Jealousy)
- Engraving in black on off-white laid paper
- Monogram at bottom center of image. Stamped recto with the mark of Peter Lely (Lugt 2092); stamped verso with the marks of Hermann Weber (Lugt 1383), Yorck von Wartenburg (Lugt 2669), and Clarence Buckingham (Lugt 497). Inscribed verso "Superb impression TW 1848" in pen and ink.
- 323 x 222 mm (image); 325 x 225 mm (plate); 344 x 242 mm (sheet)
- Clarence Buckingham Collection