Iconography
GODS & MYTHS
Hercules
Myths Infancy and childhood Birth of HerculesWith neither Juno nor Jupiter
MAGIC & SCIENCE
Astronomy and astrology
Planets Represented as planetary deities CyclesCycles of sevenIn a single image
SECULAR ICONOGRAPHY
Virtues and Vices
Virtues TheologicalCyclesSingle image
Virtues CardinalCyclesSingle image
Allegories and personifications A-Z
Fortune (Fortuna) With attributesSail or veil
Fortune (Fortuna) With attributesSun and Moon
SOCIAL LIFE
Birth
Scene of childbirth
Further details
The childbirth scene is based on an illustration in Ovidi Metamorphoseos volgare, Venice 1497, but it is not clear if the scene is supposed to depict Hercules or a generic childbirth scene. Shapiro interprets the figure with the eagle as Spes
ARTIST/CREATOR
Urbino
DATE
circa 1546
LOCATION
London, Victoria & Albert Museum (inv. C2223-1910)
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Maurice L. Shapiro, A Renaissance Birth Plate, The Art Bulletin 49 (1967), pp. 236-243
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RELATIONS
Victoria and Albert Museum
Acknowledgements
Record created with the generous support of the Dean's Development Fund of the School of Advanced Study, University of London
Contact
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