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"Hercules destroying the Lernean Hydra" (see related A)

"Hercule terrasant lHydre de Lerne", c. 1617 by Guido Reni (1575-1642) - Louvre Museum, Paris, France.

NOTE: One of four paintings commissioned by Ferdinando Gonzaga concerned with the "History of Hercules" based on accounts by Ovid in his  "Metamorphoses". The hydra was a seven headed serpent that thrived on the shores lake Lerne. This painting ended in the collection of  Charles I of England and after his beheading was purchased by Louis XIV in 1662. 
 
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