Museo del Prado.
| 151 × 166 cm|
Francisco de Zurbarán
| Francisco de Zurbarán artwork, Baroque artwork|
Hercules fighting Nemean lion is a work by Francisco de Zurbarán created in 1634. It is conserved in the Museo del Prado.
Hercules fighting Nemean lion Wikipedia
The painting depicts Heracles fighting the Nemean Lion. The Spanish art critic Soria suggests a comparison with a woodcut fashioned by Cornelis Cort after a work by Frans Floris, based on the hero's position. The rocky setting was designed according to a woodcut by Barthel Beham: Fighting versus centaur (1542).
It is one of series of 10 artworks on the Labours of Hercules commissioned by Philip IV of Spain for the decoration of the Queens Hall's in the Buen Retiro Palace. The series is now on show at the Museo del Prado.