Alpheus and Arethusa

Battista di Domenico Lorenzi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 534

In Roman mythology the river god Alpheus pursued the nymph Arethusa until Diana changed her into a fountain. This group was carved to go above a fountain in the villa Il Paradiso at Pian di Ripoli, near Florence, which belonged to Alamanno Bandini, Knight of Malta.

Alpheus and Arethusa, Battista di Domenico Lorenzi (Italian, ca. 1527/28–1594), Marble, Italian, Florence

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