Hercules Slaying Envy

A work made of woodcut on ivory paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut on ivory paper.

Date:

1633/34

Artist:

Christoffel Jegher (Flemish, 1596-1652/53)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)

About this artwork

Peter Paul Rubens, like Rembrandt van Rijn, realized printmaking’s enormous potential. Rubens was more concerned with disseminating his style and reproducing his painted compositions than with creating original subjects in print. While several artists engraved Rubens’s paintings, only one, Christoffel Jegher, cut the nine surviving woodcuts based on his work. Both Jegher’s and Rubens’s names appear, with the privilege (an early form of copyright), at the lower right of the dramatic Hercules Slaying Envy. This composition relates to a painting that Rubens was completing at the time for James I of England; its scale and broad cutting admirably reflect the artist’s florid painting style.

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Artist

Christoffel Jegher

Title

Hercules Slaying Envy

Origin

Germany

Date

1633–1634

Medium

Woodcut on ivory paper

Dimensions

602 × 362 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

Prints and Drawings Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1955.1035

Extended information about this artwork

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