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Achelous and Hercules
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TitleAchelous and Hercules
AbstractUnframed color print reproduction (44 in. x 14 in.) of Thomas Hart Benton's "Achelous and Hercules" mural. The original 24-foot mural was done in tempura and oil on canvas in 1947. It was purchased in the late 1940s for $15,000 by Harzfeld's Department Store at Petticoat Lane and Main (1101 Main) in Kansas City. After the store closed in 1984, the mural was donated to the Smithsonian. It depicts Achelous, the Greek god of rivers in the form of an angry bull during flood season fighting with Hercules who ultimately defeats him by tearing off one of his horns, which became nature's cornucopia, or horn of plenty.
NotesThe MVO (Missouri Valley Oversize) collection contains various types of large size items. Included is art work such as paintings, sculpture, drawings and sketches; photographs, including composite pieces; posters; and other miscellaneous items.
Illustrator/ArtistThomas Hart Benton
See AlsoA postcard print of the mural can be found in the Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58).
Local SubjectBenton, Thomas Hart (Artist)
Item TypeArchival Material
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CONTENTdm number40805
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