Jupiter seducing Callisto

This work, together with 'A Mythological Figure', is thought to have been painted for the sides of a chest or 'cassone' as companion picture to a painting now in Amiens.

This painting may depict the moment when Jupiter approaches the chaste nymph Callisto disguised as Diana in order to gain her trust.

On discovering her pregnancy by Jupiter, Diana punished Callisto by expelling her from her company of virgin handmaidens. Juno, the jealous wife of Jupiter, changed Callisto into a bear and she was nearly killed by her own son Arcas, when he was out hunting.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1530; died 1564
Full title
Jupiter seducing Callisto
Date made
about 1550
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
18.7 x 18.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Mythological Scenes

Andrea Schiavone
about 1550
Attributed to Andrea Schiavone: 'A Mythological Figure'