Hercules and Hippolyta

Leonhard Kern (Forchtenberg 1588-166 Schwäbisch Hall)

Alabaster Height 82 cm (32.2 in.) Circa 1615-20

In this work Kern depicts one of the 'Twelve Labors of Hercules', specifically the stealing of the Amazonian Queen, Hippolyta's belt, which protects her from harm. The struggle between Hercules and Hippolyta results in Amazon Queen's death. The figures' twisting forms are reminiscent of Giambologna's 'Rape of the Sabines' from 1580-81. It is possible Kern's sculpture was commissioned in Heidelberg, where he lived from 1614 until 1617, by Elector Palatine Frederick V as an allegorical figure of a ruler.

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Provenance
Probably Elector Friedrich V of the Palatinate; Collection Prof. René Clemencic, Vienna
Literature
René Clemencic (Hg.), Wandlung - Ereignis Skulptur. Die Sammlung Clemencic, exh. cat. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Hohenems 2003. S. 273, Abb. no. 45

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