Carlo Cesio

Hercules Driving Out the Harpies

c. 1677-1682
The reputation and fame of Carlo Cesi resulted from his vast production of prints, almost all of them after paintings and fresco cycles. This one relates directly to the scene of Hercules Driving Out the Harpies by the celebrated artist Pietro da Cortona. Situated in the main hall of the Palazzo Barberini in Rome, the mythological representation stands in for the triumph of Pope Urban VIII’s Justice. Although harpies are usually represented in art as foul and loathsome creatures in the shape of bird-women, in this image they are portrayed as winged feline-like animals with human heads.
Artist
Title
Hercules Driving Out the Harpies
Date
c. 1677-1682
Medium
Print
Materials
engraving on laid paper
Dimensions
31.4 x 34.8 cm; image: 30.8 x 34.3 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Gift of Sean B. Murphy, Montreal, 2002
Accession number
41042