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Zeus as an eagle, abducting Ganymede

Artist:
Giovanni Battista Palumba (Italian, active ca. 1500–1520)
Date:
1500–1510
Medium:
Woodcut (this appears to be a later impression)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 3/16 × 9 13/16 in. (36 × 25 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.2.9
Not on view
Among Jupiter's many loves was the boy Ganymede, whom the god, in the guise of an eagle, carried off to Olympus to serve as his cupbearer. Palumba's woodcut follows Virgil's description (Aeneid 5.250–57) of a cloak embroidered with a depiction of the Trojan prince's abduction while hunting on Mount Ida. As Virgil writes, as the beautiful youth is born aloft in the eagle's talons, his guardians stretch their hands in vain to Heaven and the barking of his dogs rises to the skies.
Inscription: Signed in block with the monogram of Master I. B. with the Bird at lower center: ·I·B·[small bird facing left]

Marking: On verso at bottom center: Doublette der Albertina stamp (Lugt 5d)
Vendor: Graphische Sammlung Albertina
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 6, 1996–July 28, 1996.

Bartsch XIII.250.3 (as Master I.B. with the Bird); TIB.25[13], 76.3
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. 3, p. 250.

TIB The Illustrated Bartsch. Abaris Books, 1978–, cat. no. 3 (250), p. 76, ill.



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