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Iphicles Saved from a Serpent by his Brother Hercules

Date:
ca. 1450
Culture:
Italian (Padua)
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
confirmed: 20 1/4 × 23 5/16 × 4 7/8 in., 48.3 lb. (51.4 × 59.2 × 12.4 cm, 21.9 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.453
  • Description

    In myth, the Greek princess Alcmena gave birth simultaneously to sons by different fathers: Hercules, sired by Jupiter, and Iphicles, begotten of Amphitryon. Jupiter's vengeful wife Juno sent serpents to devour the boys in their cradle. Iphicles' cries of fright alerted Hercules, who grabbed the serpents and squeezed them to death. In this sizable fragment of a terracotta relief, Hercules, a hero even in babyhood, is distinguished by his larger torso and his foot grappling with a single snake at the bottom left. Hercules' head, an arm, and most of one leg are missing, but Iphicles is nearly complete.

  • Provenance

    Jeanne Marchig , Geneva, by 1989 ; Patricia Wengraf Ltd. , London ; [ Property of a Lady (presumably Wengraf), Christie's, London , December 15, 1998, lot 100, bought in ] ; [ Kunsthandel Mehringer (around 2000) ] ; [ Daniel Katz Ltd. (by 2005; sold to MMA) ]

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