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Drawing - The child Hercules strangling the serpents
  • The child Hercules strangling the serpents
    Carracci, Annibale, born 1560 - died 1609
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The child Hercules strangling the serpents

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580-1609 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carracci, Annibale, born 1560 - died 1609 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash drawing

  • Museum number:

    D.1973-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 273

Physical description

Pen and ink and wash drawing depicting the child Hercules strangling the serpents.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1580-1609 (made)

Artist/maker

Carracci, Annibale, born 1560 - died 1609 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash drawing

Dimensions

Height: 149 mm, Width: 216 mm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink and wash drawing by Annibale Carracci depicting the child Hercules strangling the serpents. Italy, ca. late 16th century.

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

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, p. 31, cat. n. 651, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

CARRACCI, ANNIBALE (1560-1609)
651
The child Hercules strangling the serpents
Pen and ink and wash
5 7/8 x 8 ½ (149 x 216) D.1973-1885
PROVENANCE Bought 1888 (as by Annibale)
LITERATURE Hartt, I, pp. 215-6; p. 306, no. 307a; 2, pl. 541

I first suggested to Professor Hartt that this drawing by Giulio Romano and he accepted the idea, in the belief that it might be a study for a lost picture from the series showing the Infancy of Gods (see Hartt, loc. cit.). Since then I have become converted to the view that I misled Hartt and that the old attribution to Annibale Caracci is correct after all, on stylistic grounds. According to Bellori (Le vite de pittori… etc, Rome, 1672, pp. 84-5) Annibale painted a small picture of the subject, about one palm in dimension, on a panel of walnut, for Corradino Orsini, with a dedication to Monsignior Camillo Massimi.

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing; Wash

Subjects depicted

Deaths; Serpents; Strength

Categories

Animals and Wildlife; Myths & Legends; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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