Saturn Devouring a Child; Hercules Slaying the Hydra; Hercules Lifting Antaeus; Hercules Erecting the Columns of Calpe and Abyla Artist: Maerten van Heemskerck (Dutch, 1498–1574)

ca. 1550

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Oil on panel


18 3/8 × 25 9/16 in. (46.7 × 64.9 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Chester D. Tripp, B.S. 1903

Accession Number



16th century


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With Thomas Moore Slade (1749–1831, dealer), London, England; sale, Christie’s, London, England, November 14, 1801, lot 18 or December 11, 1801, lots 104-105; sold to George Kinnaird, 7th Lord Kinnaird (1754–1805), Rossie Priory, Inchture, Perthshire, Scotland, 1801. With Dr. Grete (Margarete) Ring (1887–1952, dealer), London; sale, Christie's, London, June 21, 1946, lot 36; sold to “Kauffmann.” E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York. Chester Dudley Tripp (1882–1974), Chicago, by 1955; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1960
  • Ilona van Tuinen, "Struggles for Salvation: A Reconstruction and Interpretation of Maarten van Heemskerck's Strong Men," Simiolus 36, no. 3–4 (2012), 142-162, fig. 1, 4, 5, 18
  • Saunder Paarlberg and P. Schoon, Greek Gods and Heroes in the Age of Rubens and Rembrandt (Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Dordrechts Museum, 2000), no. 31
  • Joaneath Spicer, "Pieces of a Renaissance Puzzle: Heemskerck's 'Abduction of Helen'," The Walters Monthly Bulletin (January 1993), 3
  • Rainald Grosshans, Maerten van Heemskerck: Die Gemälde (Berlin: H. Boettcher, 1980), 148–51, no. 30g–j, fig. 48–49, 51
  • "Recent Gifts and Purchases," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 26, nos. 2–3 (December 1961), 7, 48
  • Edna Perkel, An Exhibition of Paintings: for the Benefit of the Research Fund of Art and Archaeology, The Spanish Institute, Inc., exh. cat. (New York: E. and A. Silberman Galleries, Inc., 1955), 27, no. 15, as "The Battles of Hercules", ill
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[LL, first panel] "Martinvs Heemskerck"

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