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Medallion with Hercules Strangling Serpents
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Medallion with Hercules Strangling Serpents

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Description Even as a baby, Hercules demonstrated his superhuman strength, when he strangled two serpents sent by the goddess Juno to kill him. Prints based on compositions by Italian painters were used by French artists as sources for mythological imagery and as stylistic models reflecting the ancient Greco-Roman sculpture with which Italian artists were more familiar. Here, Limosin used an engraving after a drawing by Giulio Romano. The gray monochrome, or "grisaille," favored by Limosin imitates the appearance of ancient sculpture.
Date Description Narrative
1/04/1955Treatmentcoated; cleaned
5/20/1965Examinationexamined for condition
11/17/1987Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
6/15/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1914. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1914.
Provenance Charles Mannheim [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York, [date and mode of acquisition unknown] no. 893; Arnold Seligmann, Rey, & Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1919, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1919

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1570 (Renaissance)
painted enamel on copper
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H: 11 7/8 x W: 10 3/4 in. (30.1 x 27.3 cm); Diam without frame: 10 1/4 in. (26.1 cm)


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