Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion

Media: Charcoal and Chalk on Kraft Paper
Detail shots below artwork

Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Charcoal and Chalk on Kraft Paper
 
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  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Athena's Owl
    Acting as the eyes and ears of the goddess Athena, her owl presides over the wrestling match between Heracles (Roman: Hercules) and the Nemean Lion.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Athena's Owl (detail)
    Close-up of the owl's face
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Athena's Owl (detail 2)
    The wing of Athena's owl against the wall of the cave
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Athena's Owl (detail 3)
    The left wing of Athena's owl as it points towards the head of Heracles (Roman: Hercules)
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Fatal Match
    Detail of the Nemean Lion as Heracles increases his strangle hold
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Fatal Match (detail)
    Face to Face the two demigods struggle in the fatal bout where only one will emerge alive
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Determined
    The determined face of Heracles (Hercules) as he increases pressure about the lion's neck and throat
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Choak Hold
    The deadly choke hold of Heracles (Roman: Hercules), Zeus's (Roman: Jupiter) son and Athena's (Roman: Minerva) champion.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Last Breath
    The mighty lion, also son of Zeus (and the moon goddess Selena struggles for it's last breath on earth before returning as a god to his mother as the Zodiac constellation Leo.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - The Lion's Mane
    Unaware the Nemean Lion is his half-brother, Heracles takes up his first labor of killing the lion and feeing the inhabitants of Nemea of its deadly curse.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Legs and Paw
    The paw of the Nemean Lion rests upon Heracles right leg as the lion attempts, in vain, to rid himself of the champion's grip.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Mighty Thigh
    Heracles uses his thighs to hold the beast in position for his arms to do the work.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Paw and Foot
    Close-up of the lion's left paw as it rests upon the leg of Heracles
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Feet Aloft
    Detail of Heracles (Roman: Hercules) feet as he is swung wide by the beast
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Paw and Bones
    Detail of the beast's paw with drawn claws as the battle ensues above the remains of pervious heroes.
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Two Right Arms
    The arm of Heracles as it rests around the lion's neck above its right arm and paw
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Right Paw
    Close-up of the Nemean Lion's right paw
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Lion's Legs
    Legs of the Nemean Lion as he balances himself to toss loose Heracles' grip
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Right Leg
    Detail of the lion's right leg
  • Heracles Wrestles the Nemean Lion by Tom Mallon - Grim Reminder
    The remains of pervious warriors remains a grim reminder to Heracles should he loose the bout.
 
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