Neptune pursuing Coronis; Minerva interposes herself and turns Coronis into a crow
Francisco Vieira de Mattos (Il Lusitano) Portuguese
Not on view
The subject is drawn from Book II of Ovid’s epic poem, the Metamorphoses. The print is after a now-lost painting executed by Vieira in 1724 while in exile in Rome for his patron and friend, the Portuguese special envoy to the Vatican, Alejandro de Gusmäo. The print is dedicated to Gusmäo, whose name is inscribed on the plaque lower left. Preparatory drawings for the painting survive (British Museum, the Museu de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, the Academia de Ciências in Lisbon). The also provided the basis for the print.