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Hercules, Two Satyrs, and a Woman, plate two from The Labors of Hercules

A work made of woodcut on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1528

Artist:

Gabriel Salmon
French, active 1504-1542

About this artwork

A painter at the court of Lorraine, Gabriel Salmon is best known today for his woodcuts of the mythological labors of Hercules. Salmon emphasized the violent action of this rarely depicted scene with the sweeping lines around the figure of the demigod. The woman reaches toward Hercules’ crotch, while one of the satyrs fondles her breast and the other raises his shield against Hercules’ swinging club. The satyrs’ impending doom is foreshadowed by the already-vanquished figure on the ground.

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Artist

Gabriel Salmon

Title

Hercules, Two Satyrs, and a Woman, plate two from The Labors of Hercules

Origin

France

Date

Made 1523–1533

Medium

Woodcut on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

198 × 147 mm (image/plate); 253 × 173 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Potter Palmer Collection Fund

Reference Number

1964.153

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