Hercules and Dejanira, Hendrick Goltzius
Hendrick Goltzius
Hercules and Dejanira
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Hercules and Dejanira, ca. 1590


Blatt
268 x 195 mm
Physical Description
Feder in Braun
Inventory Number
1792
Object Number
1792 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1847
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

After his return from Italy in 1591, Goltzius increasingly concentrated on designing compositions which other engravers then realised for his publishing house. The two drawings obj. nos. 1792 Z and 1793 Z are examples of such designs. While Goltzius used the pen only sparsely for the outlines, he modelled the bodies with a brush and set delicate accents of light with white opaque paint. He did not draw the line structure of the engraving but created a tonal and painterly chiaroscuro effect with generous brush washes, which the engraver then had to transfer into the hatching patterns of the copperplate.

The motifs of obj. nos. 1792 Z and 1793 Z belong to a series of four ""Loves of the Gods"". Hercules is depicted with his mistress Dejanira; in the background he shoots the centaur Nessos while the latter tries to kidnap Dejanira.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Hercules and Dejanira
Draughtsman
Production Place
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Feder in Braun
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: HGoltzius [HG ligiert]
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten links (mit der Feder in Rot): N. 2827; oben links (mit der Feder in Braun): 2 / 9
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Reznicek 1961.I.291.136

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1847

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 9, 101-133

Iconclass

Primary
  • 94L22 Hercules in love with Deianira, daughter of Oeneus

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19.02.2024