About this artwork

The exact subject of this print has been widely debated. It is assumed that it depicts a scene from classical mythology; the demi-god Hercules slaying the conjoined twin sons of Molione and Poseidon. According to the legend, the brothers Eurytos and Kteatos were hatched from a silver egg and nobody could rival the strength of their joined bodies. They led the army of their uncle, King Augeias, but were finally killed by Hercules. This woodcut was executed after Dürer’s journey to Italy in 1496. The unusual subject matter might have been suggested by his humanist friends.

  • title:
    Hercules Conquering the Molionide Twins
  • accession number:
    P 6190
  • artist:
    Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)
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  • materials:
    Woodcut on paper
  • date created:
    About 1496
  • measurements:
    39.00 x 28.30 cm
  • credit line:
    Provenance unknown

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer