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.