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The Amazement of the Gods (?)
Hans von Aachen

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 Hans von Aachen
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 Room 4
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