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Hercules at the Court of Omphale

In this horizontal composition Hans Cranach depicted an episode from the story of Hercules which is not particularly heroic in comparison to most of the hero’s labours and exploits. This story had little repercussion in the classical world and the first examples date from the Hellenistic period then reappear in the Renaissance. Having completed his twelve labours, Hercules went to Oechalia where i…