Hercules Victorious over the Hydra, from “Gli oscuri e difficili passi dell’opera ionica di Vitruvio” (The Obscure and Difficult Passages of the Ionic Work of Vitruvius)

This engraving is the frontispiece to Giovanni Battista Bertani’s commentary on writings by the ancient Roman architect, Vitruvius. Gli oscuri e difficili passi dell’opera ionica di Vitruvio, published in 1558, is dedicated to Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga of Mantua, whose coat of arms is included in the border above the head of Hercules. The subject of […]