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The Labours of Hercules

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    F,1.277

  • Title (series)

    • The Labours of Hercules
  • Description

    Hercules Prevents the Centaurs from abducting Hippodamia; Hercules fights the centaurs with his club and overturns a table with a vine archway behind; a figure at left has an arrow through his head and is pinned to a tree trunk; after Floris. 1563
    Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1563
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 223 millimetres
    • Width: 285 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below left "F. Floris inventor [] H. cock excudebat 1563". In the margin "PIRITHOO PULCHRAM ... ACRE GENUS". Numbered at left "1".
  • Curator's comments

    This is one from a series of ten plates (New Hollstein 172-181; for a complete set see F,1.277-286). After a lost series of paintings by Floris painted in 1554-55 for the villa of the merchant and art collector Nicolaas Jongelinck in Markgravelei, just outside Antwerp. Due to spatial restrictions the twelve labours were depicted in ten scenes. Floris based some of his designs loosely on engravings by Caraglio after Fiorentino. The preparatory drawings for the prints were possibly made by Floris's pupil Simon Jansz Kies. A copy of the first edition is in the Royal Library in Brussels and contains a letterpress dedication to Nicolaas Jongelinck by Dominicus Lampsonius.

    Literature: Edward Wouk, in J. van Grieken - G. Luijten - J. van der Stock, "Hieronymus Cock: The Renaissance in Print", exh.cat. Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels and Fondation Custodia in Paris, New Haven and London, 2013, cat.no.38.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bierens de Haan 1948 172 bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 172 (Cornelis Cort) bibliographic details
    • Van de Velde 1975 46 bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 67.III (Frans Floris) bibliographic details
    • Riggs 1977 78 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (D+F Post-binder Small)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    F,1.277

Hercules prevents the centaurs from abducting Hippodamia; Hercules fights the centaurs with his club and overturns a table with a vine archway behind; a figure at left has an arrow through his head and is pinned to a tree trunk; after Floris.  1563  Engraving

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Hercules prevents the centaurs from abducting Hippodamia; Hercules fights the centaurs with his club and overturns a table with a vine archway behind; a figure at left has an arrow through his head and is pinned to a tree trunk; after Floris. 1563 Engraving

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