Hercules and the Hydra

 

The legendary tale of Hercules and the Hydra offers some interesting parallels with the current COVID-19 pandemic. In his second labor, Hercules (Heracles) was tasked to slay the Lernaean Hydra, an invincible beast with multiple heads (nine typically depicted in classic art) that breathed poisonous fumes. Hercules wore a cloth mask to protect himself and proceeded to battle the beast with his club and sword. And much like the corona virus, defeating the beast proved stubbornly difficult as whenever Hercules severed one head, another regenerated. Ultimately Hercules was able to conquer the serpentine monster with the help of his cousin who cauterized the stumps as he cut off each head. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Hercules and the Hydra

 

Hercules and the Hydra

 

Hercules and the Hydra

 

Hercules and the Hydra

 

Hercules and the Hydra

 

Hercules and the Hydra

 

Hercules and the Hydra

Wet clay model

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