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Hercules and Deianira

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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The classical hero Hercules is shown embracing his wife Deianira. Their seat is decorated with images of his heroic exploits including the defeat of the Nemean lion and his victory over Antaeus. Their erotic encounter, however, is doomed. Deianira sits on the silver cloak given to her by the evil centaur Nessus. When Hercules wears it he will be engulfed in flames and die. Gossaert visited Italy in 1508/1509.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

1517

Medium

oil on wood

Measurements

H 36.8 x W 26.6 cm

Accession number

46.10

Acquisition method

purchased, 1946

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Inscribed u.c.: HERCULES DYANIRA. Dated l.l.: 1517


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