The Drunken Hercules being Led by a Satyr Couple
Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640) | Painter
Hercules, one of the most important heroes of Greek mythology, was revered as a god of protection in antiquity because of his strength and courage. Rubens, however, depicts him in a moment of weakness: after consuming excessive amounts of wine, his powers have left him, so that he has to be supported by a satyr couple.
This monumental three-figure group is based on an ancient relief that Rubens had seen and drawn in a Roman collection during his years in Italy.
- Material & Technique
- Oil on oak panel
- Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
- c. 1613/14
- Inventory number
- Gal.-Nr. 987