Luca Cambiaso

Hercules Fighting Cerberus

Hercules Fighting Cerberus by Luca Cambiaso

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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)

Title
Hercules Fighting Cerberus
Artist/creator
Production date
16th century
Medium
pen and wash
Dimensions
315 x 187 mm
Inscription
(within image) Titiano Vecelli (ink - l.c.). Verso; (ink) 114 (l.r.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/58
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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