This plaquette is believed to have been the inspiration for Lucas Cranach the Elder’s painting of the same subject, also in the collection at Compton Verney. The works match almost identically in composition and arrangement. Mondella worked in Italy throughout his life, producing many plaquettes, mostly in bronze. The work is situated in our Northern European collection to show the direct influence of Renaissance Italy on the North.
Galeazzo Mondella Hecules and Antaeus (PLAQUETTE) 1488-9 © Compton Verney