Jupiter tumbling from a horse-drawn carriage at right, Ganymede in the form of an eagle carries a woman in the upper centre, below Venus in he cnetre flanked at the left by the three Graces

Artist: Master of the Die (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1530–60)

Artist: After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)

Date: 1530–60

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: sheet: 7 1/2 x 8 11/16 in. (19 x 22 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949

Accession Number: 49.97.328

Description

Following Ovid's brief account of Ganymede's abduction (Metamorphoses 10.155–61), the scene shown in this engraving is about love. Cupid is the central character, and Ganymede and the eagle are relegated accessories, testifying to the power of the infant god—even in his sleep—to disarm the supreme ruler of Olympus. Mercury, messenger of the gods, often assisted Jupiter with his love affairs. Here, he rushes to help his father, while Venus, in the company of the Graces, watches over her son.

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