The subject is obscure but may be explained by the contemporary inscription on a drawing (in Stuttgart) of an analogous composition attributed to Hans von Aachen: 'This shows how Jupiter abandons Venus and loves Minerva, with the amazement of all other pagan gods.'

The erotic subject suggests the drawing was made in Prague, either when the painter visited the city in the early 1590s, or during his residence there.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1552 - 1615
Full title
The Amazement of the Gods (?)
Date made
probably 1590s
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
35.5 x 45.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1982
Inventory number
NG6475
Location in Gallery