Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Hercules at the Court of Omphale
Image View:
Overall view without frame
Creator:
Hans Cranach (German painter, ca. 1513-1537)
Location:
repository: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid, Madrid, Spain) Inv. no. 108 (1929.15)
Location Note:
Paseo del Prado, 8
GPS:
40.416111-3.695
Date:
1537 (creation)
Cultural Context:
German
Style Period:
Renaissance; Sixteenth century
Work Type 1:
painting (visual work)
Classification:
Paintings
Material:
oil paint on wood panel
Technique:
oil painting (technique)
Measurements:
57.5 cm (height) x 85.3 cm (width)
Subjects:
allegory; mythology (Classical); Heracles (Greek mythological character); Hercules (Roman mythological character); Northern Renaissance; spindle; spinning; partridges
Description:
Eldest son of Lucas Cranach the Elder. Hans Cranach depicts an episode from the life of Hercules, who according to Greek legend murdered his friend Iphitus and who was then punished by Hermes, who sold him to the court of Queen Omphale where he had to remain as a slave for three years. Lucas Cranach painted several versions, but this one has been attributed to his son Hans due to the date and to the presence of the initials “HC” and the monogram of a serpent. The partridges hanging in the background are a symbol of lust. (Source: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum [website]; https://www.museothy ssen.org/en/)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
7A1-CRANACH-TBM-HCO- A01
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Hercules at the Court of Omphale