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Plaquette - Hercules and Antaeus
  • Hercules and Antaeus
    Master of the Labours of Hercules
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Hercules and Antaeus

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Master of the Labours of Hercules (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depicts the story of Hercules and Antaneus and is made by the so called 'Master of the Labours of Hercules', who was a follower of Moderno.
Hercules is shown in the traditional pose with the skin of the Nemean lion (his first labour) on the nearby tree trunk. Antaneus was a Greek giant, the son of Poseidon and Gaia, and was extremely strong and invulnerable, as long as he kept contact with the ground. Hercules discovered the secret, lifted him from the earth and then strangled him.

Physical description

Hercules is standing upright, naked, seen from the back, grasping Antaeus round the waist and lifting him from the ground. On the left a tree stump on which hang the lion's skin, bow and quiver.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1500-1520 (made)


Master of the Labours of Hercules (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 9.8 cm, Width: 7.7 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Hercules and Antaeus, by the Master of the Labours of Hercules, Italy, ca. 1500-1520

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 70
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 36
Martini, Luciana. Piccoli bronzi e placchette del Museo Nazionale di Ravenna. Bologna: University Press, 1985, pp. 160-161, no 40

Production Note

The Master of the Laborus of Hercules is a follower of Moderno



Subjects depicted

Lion's skin; Bow


Plaques & Plaquettes; Myths & Legends; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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