The subject of this painting was once thought to be Jupiter and Antiope, but in Ovid's account of the myth, the nymph Antiope was not asleep. In any event, the theme of a satyr disrobing a sleeping nymph was a common one.

Another version of the subject is in the Kunsthaus, Zurich. Until very recently the National Gallery's painting was thought to be a copy of a lost original by Poussin.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1594 - 1665
Full title
Nymph with Satyrs
Date made
about 1627
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
66.4 x 50.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG91
Location in Gallery