Hercules and Omphale, after François Lemoyne, 2007
Framed chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
229 × 183 cm
The work by Vik Muniz ‘Hercules and Omphale’ from ‘Pictures of Junk’ series is an appropriation of the painting made by François Lemoyne in 1724.
“Hercules and Omphale” is a story from ancient Greek mythology that recounts about Hercules, the great demigod and the strongest man on earth, and Omphale, the queen of Lydia. According to the legend, Hercules had to complete a number of tasks, known as the “Twelve labors”.
The story of Hercules and Omphale has been depicted in various works of art throughout the history, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, and remains one of the most popular themes in the classical art and culture.
‘Hercules and Omphale’ by François Lemoyne is a part of the collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Vik Muniz. Moscow House of Photography. Nov–Dec 2007
Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, 2008. p. 141