Pictures of Hermes

In these pictures of Hermes, you'll see the god was represented as a young and athletic man. His attributes were the winged cap, the winged sandals and the caduceus, a rod with two intertwined serpents. Sometimes he appears with his Roman name, Mercury. For the story of the Greek god Hermes, click here.

This is one of the most famous representations of Hermes, a statue attributed to Praxiteles (Hermes had protected baby Dionysus from Hera's wrath).

Statue of Hermes and the Infant Dionysus, circa 330 BC (Parian Marble)
Statue of Hermes and the Infant Dionysus, circa 330 BC (Parian Marble)

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Hermes with Infant Dionysos on His Arm
Hermes with Infant Dionysos on His Arm

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Another copy of a statue made by Praxiteles:

Hermes, Roman copy of a Greek original of the 4th century BC by Praxiteles, 1st century


Hermes, Roman copy of a Greek original of the 4th century BC by Praxiteles, 1st century

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Hermes

Hermes
Unknown
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Mercury

Mercury
Giambologna
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Hermes, Found During the Underwater Excavations at Mahdia, c.100 BC


Hermes, Found During the Underwater Excavations at Mahdia, c.100 BC

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Hermes Tying his Sandal, Roman Copy of a Greek Original Attributed to Lysippos, 1st or 2nd century
Hermes Tying his Sandal, Roman Copy of a Greek Original Attributed to Lysippos, 1st or 2nd century

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Hermes Tying His Sandal, Roman Copy of a Greek Original Attributed to Lysippos
Hermes Tying His Sandal, Roman Copy of a Greek Original Attributed to Lysippos

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In the next statue, you can tell the style is different (it is Etruscan art, not Greek).

Head of Hermes Wearing a Pilos, from the Temple of Portonaccio, Veii, 510-500 BC


Head of Hermes Wearing a Pilos, from the Temple of Portonaccio, Veii, 510-500 BC

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Greek red-figure cup, depicting the god Hermes (pottery)

Greek red-figure cup, depicting the god Hermes (pottery)
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This is a very beautiful Roman statue of Hermes. Hermes
Hermes
Roman Sculpture
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...and a drawing inspired from that statue:

Hermes
Hermes
Joadoor
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As you know, Aphrodite and Hermes had a love affair from which there was a son, to whom they have given both their names: Hermaphroditus. Here are some pictures of Hermes and Aphrodite with Cupid (who is a symbol for their love).

Aphrodite and Hermes riding on a chariot pulled by Eros and Psyche, 470 BC (terracotta)

Aphrodite and Hermes riding on a chariot pulled by Eros and Psyche, 470 BC (terracotta)
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Venus, Mercury and Amor

Venus, Mercury and Amor
Boucher, Francois
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Venus with Mercury and Cupid ('The School of Love'), c.1525

Venus with Mercury and Cupid ('The School of Love'), c.1525
Correggio
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Hermes is said to have accompanied Eurydice back to Hades, after Orpheus failed to bring her back to the world of the living.

Orpheus, Eurydice and Hermes


Orpheus, Eurydice and Hermes

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Hermes has brought Pandora to the humans, as a gift form the gods. However, in the following painting, he is represented as carrying only Pandora's box.

The Mysterious Box is Brought to Epimethus by Hermes


The Mysterious Box is Brought to Epimethus by Hermes

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More pictures of Hermes:

Mercury Offering The Cup Of Immortality To Psyche

Mercury Offering The Cup Of Immortality To Psyche
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Mercury

Mercury
Solomon, Simeon
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After the winged horse Pegasus went to Mount Olympus, he was ridden by the god Hermes/Mercury.

Mercury on Pegasus ('Le Cheval de Marly') 1701-02 (marble)

Mercury on Pegasus ('Le Cheval de Marly') 1701-02 (marble)
Coysevox, Antoine
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Remember how Hermes/Mercury stole the cattle from his brother, Apollo? The god of light and order was furious, but when he heard the sweet sounds of the instruments invented by Hermes, he agreed to leave him the stolen goods, in exchange of the lyre and the pan-pipe.

Landscape with Mercury and Apollo as a Shepherd, 1673 (pen and brown tint, grey indian ink wash)

Landscape with Mercury and Apollo as a Shepherd, 1673 (pen and brown tint, grey indian ink wash)
Claude Lorrain
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Do you think that only women had the vanity of being represented as goddesses? No way! Men were not immune to this, either.

Marcellus as Mercury, variously identified as Germanicus, Caesar and Octavian, c.23 BC (marble)

Marcellus as Mercury, variously identified as Germanicus, Caesar and Octavian, c.23 BC (marble)
Cleomenes
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For more pictures of Hermes during the judgement of Paris, please click here.

For pictures of Hermes under his Roman name, Mercury, please click here.