Hendrik Pola (aka Heinrich Pola) (1676–1748)
“Statue of Hercules with the Celestial Vault” (aka “Standbeeld van Hercules met het hemelgewelf”; “Hercules Relieving Atlas of the Globe”), c1710 (Rijksmuseum dating c1705–c1713), published in The Hague.
Note that the portrayed sculpture possibly references the marble “Farnese Atlas”—a Roman copy of a Greek sculpture of the 2nd cent. BCE—but there are significant differences (see http://www.electrummagazine.com/2016/09/the-farnese-atlas/). Regarding historical precedents for referencing the “Farnese Atlas”, Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) executed a pen and ink drawing, “Hercules Relieving Atlas of the Globe”, c1530 (NGA collection; see https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.106369.html), that was no doubt also inspired by this sculpture.
Etching with engraving on laid paper, trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 29.5 x 16.1 cm; (plate) 28.2 x 15.4 cm; (image borderline) 27.9 x 14.8 cm.
Inscribed in plate with the artist’s monogram of ligature initials: (lower left corner) “HP[/R].F[ecit]”
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Landscape with statue of Hercules who temporarily takes over the burden of Atlas' vault of heaven when the latter fetches for him the golden apples of the Hesperides. He wears a lion skin around his shoulders” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.165848).
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with a small margin around the platemark and laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is age-toned, otherwise it is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
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