Hercules and Hippolyta
Leonhard Kern (Forchtenberg 1588-166 Schwäbisch Hall)
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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