Hercules Wrestling with Death for the Body of Alcestes by Lord Frederic Leighton

According to Greek mythology, Alcestis, wife of Admetus, was willing to sacrifice herself so that her husband, who had angered Artemis, could live.


Oil on canvas
19 x 37 cm
Art Fund grant:
£715 ( Total: £9,430)
Acquired in:

In Euripedes's play, 'Hercules Furens', Hercules, a guest at Admetus's palace at the time of his wife's death, goes after Death and wrestles with him for the body of Alcestis and wins her back.


Ernest Brown & Philips, London, Christie's 5/3/93 lot 94.

Venue details

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