The painting was commissioned by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, to complete the project for a history painting outlined in the Earl's 'A Notion of the Historical Draught of Hercules'.
The Choice of Hercules by Paolo de' Matteis, 1712
© Ashmolean Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 198 x 256 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £16,000 ( Total: £65,000)
- Acquired in:
Shaftesbury's persistent ill health forced him to retire to Naples where he wrote the work.
Earls of Shaftesbury by descent until sold at Christie's.