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Young Hercules killing the Snakes: AD.5.22-77

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Young Hercules killing the Snakes


Printmaker: Altdorfer, Albrecht



Measurements and weight

Height: 27 mm
Width: 27 mm

Relative size of this object

2.7 m2.7 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Transferred (1876) by Cambridge University Library


Production date: circa AD 1520 : Date according to Winzinger


Printed on ?felt side of paper.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper ( chainlines horizontal)

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: AA
  • Location: Image upper right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Monogram
  • Text: P 98 [twice]
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Stamped black ink
  • Type: Fitzwilliam Museum mark
  • Text: AD.5.22-77
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Stamped black ink
  • Type: Fitzwilliam Museum mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: AD.5.22-77
Primary reference Number: 29517
Winzinger: 150
New Hollstein (German): 30
Old location number: 37.1.8a
Lugt: 2475
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 23 September 2022 Last processed: Friday 23 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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