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Hercules and the Nemean Lion
  • Gabriel Salmon
    active 1504–1542
    active: France
  • Hercules and the Nemean Lion, circa 1528
  • Labors of Hercules
  • Where object was made: Duchy of Lorraine, France
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 195 x 147 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 5/8 x 5 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 198 x 150 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 5 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 11 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0039
Catalogue raisonné

Bearded, nude man (identified as Hercules) wrestling with and strangling a terrified-looking lion appears to be winning. The lion lies on its back in a thickly-wooded landscape in the UL middle ground, while in the UR background, the lion lounges in a clearing in front of a mountainous landscape. Some gaps (indications of wear) in border of block.