Luca Cambiaso

Hercules Fighting Cerberus

Hercules Fighting Cerberus by Luca Cambiaso

Artwork Detail

Although this has been described as Man with club, fighting off dogs, in fact it represents one of the twelve labours of Hercules, in which he descends into the underworld to capture Cerberus, the three headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades. Although a number of artists depict Hercules with an upraised club, the tale states that he caught it by the throat until it weakened and yielded to him. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Hercules Fighting Cerberus
Luca Cambiaso
Production date
16th century
pen and wash
315 x 187 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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