LOMBARD, Lambert
(b. 1505, Liège, d. 1566, Liège)

Figure studies

after 1538
Pen and ink on paper
Cabinet des estampes, Liège

Artists had long regarded the Hercules theme as an invitation to explore the varieties of violent gesture. Lambert Lombard, for example, sketched a series of sixteen Hercules figures - looking up in astonishment, swinging a club, collapsed on the ground.