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Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules’s encounter with the Erimanthean bore is not the best known of his labors. At first glance, it would appear to be nothing more than a new demonstration of his capacity to vanquish evil and sa [+]

The Martyrdom of Saint James
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Martyrdom of Saint James
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The apostle Saint James is shown kneeling with his hands together in prayer, offering his neck up to the sword of the executioner whoprepares to decapitate him. Standing before the apostle, wearing a [+]

Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The Greek hero’s deeds that took place in the Iberian Peninsula, of which this is one, were interpreted as demonstrating his status as mythical forerunner of the Spanish monarchy.Hercules is shown mak [+]

Hercules and the Cretan Bull
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Cretan Bull
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

At Eurystheus’s behest, Hercules killed the Cretan Bull, a dangerous and ferocious animal that was decimating Crete. The Cretan Bull was a handsome bull that Poseidon had asked the king of Crete to sa [+]

Hercules diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules looks at the viewer from the left side of the composition, cheerful after having rerouted the Alpheus river in response to a challenge by Augeas, King of Elis. The description of this episode [+]

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