The twelve labors of Hercules
were trifling in comparison with those which my neighbors have undertaken; for they were only twelve, and had an end; but I could never see that these men slew or captured any monster or finished any labor.
is a toddler distillation of the Greek myth of the Twelve Labors of Hercules
, in sturdy pasteboard book format.
Thus it is that in 1634 Zurbaran was commissioned to paint the Twelve Labors of Hercules
for the Buen Retiro.
The association with the Garden of the Hesperides comes from the tale of the twelve labors of Hercules
One of the twelve labors of Hercules
involved a visit to Hades, where he kidnapped Cerberus, the fierce, three-headed dog that guarded the gates, brought him to Eurystheus, and returned him safely to his sentry duty.
Greek Mythology's Twelve Labors of Hercules