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Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco (1610 - 1662)
Hercules and OmphaleDate: 1650s
Technique: Oil on canvas
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Size: 100 x 133 cm,
Notes: The subject of the painting was taken from the Biblotheca by Apollodoros. The mythological story depicted in the painting is the following.
For murdering his friend Iphitus in a fit of madness Hercules was sold as a slave to Omphale, queen of Lydia, for three years (Apollodorus 2.6:3). But she soon alleviated his lot by making him her lover. While in her service he grew effeminate, wearing women's clothes and adornments, and spinning yarn.
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