The Rape of Ganymede

Ganymede, a beautiful shepherd boy, was snatched from the hillside by Zeus in the form of an eagle and carried off to Mount Olympus.

The painting's original shape was an irregular octagon. It was made as a ceiling painting for a distinguished lawyer in Mazza's native Padua. By the late 17th century it was regarded as a Titian.

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1573
Full title
The Rape of Ganymede
Date made
about 1575
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
177.2 x 188.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
Location in Gallery