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