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The Drunken Hercules being Led by a Satyr Couple

Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640) | Painter

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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
Museum
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Dating
c. 1613/14
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 987
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