Hercules, c. 1560



Gift of the Estate of Kemper Kirkpatrickexpand_more  P.92.8.38

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Étienne Delaune's grace and precision earned him a place as engraver and goldsmith to Henri II (1519-1559). Like other French kings, Henri identified with ancient heroes such as Hercules, a fact reflected in the art of his court. Here the demigod holds a celestial sphere above two captives. A Delaune print of the huntress Diana in an identical format was the model for an enameled medallion found in the inventory of Henri II's jewels.

Artist Life
about 1518/19-1583
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Robert-Dumesnil IX 373; IFF 355
Curator Approved

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