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"Hercules the Infant Strangling the Serpents" octagonal, fro ... Image 1

"Hercules the Infant Strangling the Serpents" octagonal, from the mural series "The Building of the House of Wisdom," Charlton Yarnall House

Date
1910–11
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1963
Dimensions
29 x 29 1/8 in

Description & Inscriptions

In three of the six octagonal panels, Oakley depicts the story of Hercules, the archetypal hero of Western civilization, in three stages of life.

In the first panel he appears as a baby strangling serpents, a demonstration of his superhuman courage and strength.

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