An image of Hercules fighting against the Centaurs

Hans Beham

(Germany 1500 – 1550)

Hercules fighting against the Centaurs

Other titles:
Hercules defeating the Centaurs
Location
Not on display
Further information

Beham was one of the Little Masters, a small band of Nuremberg artists who came under the influence of Dürer. Their engravings are tiny yet exquisitely crafted and finely detailed. The subject-matter derives from the twelve labours of Hercules. During the fourth labour Hercules visits the centaur Pholus, who had been given a cask of wine by Dionysus. Against Pholus’s wishes, Hercules opens the cask. The scent of the wine sends the centaurs into a frenzy and they attack Hercules. In this print, the hero receives assistance from other men, a detail of Beham’s own invention.

Year
1542
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
5.0 x 7.8 cm image/sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, [incised plate] "15 HSB [artist's monogram] 42".

Credit
Purchased 1977
Accession number
10.1977