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Labors of Hercules candlestick

Labors of Hercules candlestick

A candlestick depicting five of the seven Labors of Hercules, on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States.

This copper enameled candlestick, one of a pair, was made by Jean II de Court about 1565 AD in the French city of Limoges. The emergence of new enameling techniques in the mid-1500s led to a massive demand for enameled luxury objects.

This candlestick is en grisaille, which means it is done in black, white, and shades of grey to imitate bas-relief. This item has highlights of gold and pink in some areas, which was common to bring a little life to the images.

The images are based on the engravings of Heinrich Aldegrever (1502-1555/1561), a German artist.

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Photo taken on 28 December 2018 (© Tim Evanson / Flickr)

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