Hercules and Hydra

by Tribambuka

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  • Product Details
    Created from high-quality wood, milled with simple clean lines and presented with a satin finish. Each framed print is individually handmade in the UK by a team of specialist art framers. Finished with a glass cover and delivered fully strung, ready for hanging.
    About the Artwork
    This image is featured in Steven Heller's "The Illustration Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters” "The same narratives, in the form of myths, folk tales, and fairy tales, have been illustrated in different modes for centuries. The article for which Anastasia Beltyukova created this illustration argued that some of these classic stories, including Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk and Runplestilyskin, may be much older than previously believed, even older than ancient myths and biblical stories. This illustration, one of the seven Beltyukova made for the article, represents the myth of Hercules (Herakles), which originated in ancient Greece and is now believed to be at least 2,600 years old. With a stylized yet menacing quality, it depicts the hero fighting the many-headed Hydra. "Most of Hercules labours involved conflict', notes Beltyukova, - and creating conflict makes an illustration more interesting. Here the clenched, contracted gestures and grimacing expressions impart a tangible sense of tension, a marked feeling of claustrophobia and danger that is heightened by the tightly enclosed perspective. Beltyukova's influences include the Russian/Soviet artist Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian Constructivism, analytical painting in general, and illustrators of the Russian avant-garde. She explains that she wanted her images to reflect their era, but at the same time be quite modern, "so [in this illustration] I meant to have an ancient Greece reference in the colour and style, but not too literal." She also wanted to make the image slightly erotic to express the beauty of this focused, strong fighting man and the sensuality of the fight, of Hydra's embrace and of Hercules' dangerous dance with her. The final illustration achieves al these aims, bringing together a sense of danger, strength, sensuality, connectedness and, most significantly, conflict." - Steven Heller
    Shipping & Returns
    Shipping
    We ship worldwide via Royal Mail, UPS or Fedex (all are signed and tracked) depending on product/quantity/parcel size.

    Unframed prints are shipped within 3-5 business days and delivered within 5-7 business days (UK), 7-10 business days (EU) and 10-28 business days (ROW).

    Framed prints are shipped within 5-7 business days and delivered within 7-10 business days (UK), 7-14 business days (EU) and 10-28 business days (ROW).

    Returns
    Live with your art for 30 days risk free. If you're unhappy for whatever reason we'll take it back.
  • Product Details
    Museum grade Giclee fine art print on your choice of Smooth Fine Art or Hahnemuhle German Etching papers. We only use archival UV inks, protecting the vibrancy of your prints for over 100 years.
    About the Artwork
    This image is featured in Steven Heller's "The Illustration Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters” "The same narratives, in the form of myths, folk tales, and fairy tales, have been illustrated in different modes for centuries. The article for which Anastasia Beltyukova created this illustration argued that some of these classic stories, including Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk and Runplestilyskin, may be much older than previously believed, even older than ancient myths and biblical stories. This illustration, one of the seven Beltyukova made for the article, represents the myth of Hercules (Herakles), which originated in ancient Greece and is now believed to be at least 2,600 years old. With a stylized yet menacing quality, it depicts the hero fighting the many-headed Hydra. "Most of Hercules labours involved conflict', notes Beltyukova, - and creating conflict makes an illustration more interesting. Here the clenched, contracted gestures and grimacing expressions impart a tangible sense of tension, a marked feeling of claustrophobia and danger that is heightened by the tightly enclosed perspective. Beltyukova's influences include the Russian/Soviet artist Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian Constructivism, analytical painting in general, and illustrators of the Russian avant-garde. She explains that she wanted her images to reflect their era, but at the same time be quite modern, "so [in this illustration] I meant to have an ancient Greece reference in the colour and style, but not too literal." She also wanted to make the image slightly erotic to express the beauty of this focused, strong fighting man and the sensuality of the fight, of Hydra's embrace and of Hercules' dangerous dance with her. The final illustration achieves al these aims, bringing together a sense of danger, strength, sensuality, connectedness and, most significantly, conflict." - Steven Heller
    Shipping & Returns
    Shipping
    We ship worldwide via Royal Mail, UPS or Fedex (all are signed and tracked) depending on product/quantity/parcel size.

    Unframed prints are shipped within 3-5 business days and delivered within 5-7 business days (UK), 7-10 business days (EU) and 10-28 business days (ROW).

    Framed prints are shipped within 5-7 business days and delivered within 7-10 business days (UK), 7-14 business days (EU) and 10-28 business days (ROW).

    Returns
    Live with your art for 30 days risk free. If you're unhappy for whatever reason we'll take it back.
About Our Sizing

Stated sizes are paper sizes NOT image sizes (for prints and frames). For details regarding matt/border widths and total sizes including the frame, please refer to the size guide.

About Our Frames
Skip the trip to the framer. We custom mount and frame every artwork with museum-grade materials.

Framing Highlights
  • Frames have a square profile measuring 20mm (front face) by 23mm (depth from wall)
  • Available in four colours (more colours and frame styles coming soon)
  • Delivered fully strung, ready for hanging
  • Add a custom mount/matt, cut perfectly to fit your artwork
  • Custom framed by hand in the UK to Fine Art Trade Guild standards
About the matt/mount

A bright white, conservation grade, FSC certified, 100% acid free matt/mount, that will not discolour or fade with age. Matt depth is 1.4mm.
Borders & Matting
Choose from three distinct display options:

Full Bleed
A “Full Bleed” reproduction simply means printing the artwork all the way to the edge. A contemporary display option that works on its own or as part of an eclectic gallery wall.

White Border
small, white border frames the artwork for a “faux-matted” look. Details of the white border widths for each size can be found in the size guide.

Matted
The artwork is matted using a custom cut, 1.4mm bright white, conservation grade, FSC certified, 100% acid free matt/mount, that will not discolour or fade with age. Perfect for framing smaller artworks.
About Our Paper Type
Choose between two paper types:

Smooth Fine Art Paper
A high-quality, smooth matt fine art paper with a light, fine-grain surface texture.

Hahnemuhle German Etching
A heavy-duty paper with a velvety matt surface. In contrast to the Smooth Fine Art Paper, it has a warm white hue and a more textured finish.

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Size Guide
Size
Paper Size

A

20x25cm (8"x10")

B

28x35cm (11"x14")

C

30x40cm (12"x16")

D

40x50cm (16"x20")

E

50x70cm (20"x28")

F

70x100cm (28"x40")

Size
Paper Size

A

20x20cm (8"x8")

B

25x25cm (10"x10")

C

30x30cm (12"x12")

D

40x40cm (16"x16")

E

50x50cm (20"x20")

F

70x70cm (28"x28")

Please note

All sizes are paper sizes (this includes our measurements for framed prints)

Minimum borders/matting (where chosen) of 1" - 2.5" (2.5cm - 6.25cm) will be added around images and will vary depending on the appropriate aspect ratio/paper size. Images are centered and 'padded' for non-standard sized images (no border will be added to Full Bleed prints). Please refer to the product images for an idea of how the art will look with the border/matting for each size.