Hercules Defeating the Hydra of Lerma

size(cm): 45x35
Sale price£125 GBP


The painting "Hercules Defeating the Hydra of Lerma" by Italian artist Guido Reni is a late-Baroque masterpiece. The piece, which measures 260 x 192 cm, represents the legendary feat of Hercules defeating the feared Hydra of Lerna.

The composition of the work is impressive, with Hercules in the center of the image, holding the head of the Hydra while he struggles to cut off the other heads. The Hercules figure is depicted with impressive musculature, reflecting the physical prowess needed to defeat the Hydra.

The coloring of the painting is vibrant and dramatic, with shades of red and gold contrasting with the blue of the sky and the green of the landscape. The light that illuminates the scene comes from the left, creating intense and realistic shadows on the figures and the landscape.

The story behind the painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by the Duke of Lerma, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, to decorate his palace in Madrid. The work was completed in 1617 and quickly became one of the artist's most popular works.

An interesting aspect of the painting is that, unlike other representations of the Hercules legend, Reni did not include the goddess Athena, who helped Hercules in his fight against the Hydra. Instead, Hercules appears alone, reflecting the baroque idea of ​​individuality and human strength.

In short, "Hercules Defeating the Hydra of Lerma" is an impressive work that reflects Guido Reni's mastery of late Baroque painting. Its composition, color and the story behind the work make it a unique and interesting piece for any art lover.

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