Hercules at the Crossroads (Jealousy)

A work made of engraving in black on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on off-white laid paper.

Date:

c. 1498

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

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

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Hercules at the Crossroads (Jealousy)

Origin

Germany

Date

1493–1503

Medium

Engraving in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

323 x 222 mm (image); 325 x 225 mm (plate); 344 x 242 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1935.163

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