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Relief: Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


See Bn. 3. 31 (Medici Collection/Pembroke Coll/1962 sale?)


Content (description)

Hercules, nude, sits to right on a rock on left at the foot of a tree. His club is beneath his right arm, his lionskin is over his left arm and the rock. He holds the strap of his quiver, which rests on the rocks by his feet. There are apples and leaves on the branches of the tree, among which curls a great snake, its tail among the rocks at Hercules' feet. On right facing him stands a draped female, her hair in a snood, resting her chin on her right hand and holding a branch on her left arm. At bottom left are the remains of the foot of a second female.
Beneath the image is the inscription:
Hercules inter Hesperides Romanis in hortis Mediceoru
And engraved on the rock: BD cypher and B2 lower right

Content (object)



height (actual size): 473mm
width (actual size): 355mm


See Description: Hercules inter Hesperides Romanis in hortis Mediceoru

Inscription description

Written in ink on the back of the engraving is 160 (?)

Materials & techniques note

copper engraving on paper



Unknown (Engraver)

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Previous ownership

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