Hercules and Omphale card

Hercules and Omphale

WAG 1995.354

On display

A black chalk and brown wash drawing depicting Hercules spinning thread in the service of Omphale, the queen of Lydia. Hercules is seated on the left, slumped, holding a distaff in his left hand and a spindle in his right. Omphale, standing in front him semi-clothed in Hercules's lion's pelt and leaning on his own club, jeers at him with surrounded by four ladies in waiting. One of them is seated on the far right, the other three standing, all with various expressions and poses of mockery. Cupid is standing beside Hercules on the lower left.