Jupiter and Antiope

When he began painting around 1600, Hendrik Goltzius was already the most famous engraver in the Netherlands and perhaps all of Europe.

This frankly sensual work depicts the god Jupiter, disguised as a satyr, seducing the beautiful Antiope. She is asleep, sprawled amid luxurious cushions as the lecherous god creeps silently towards her bed. Vibrant colours and bold, sculptural forms increase the drama of the scene.

Key facts

Artist dates
1558 - 1617
Full title
Jupiter and Antiope
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
122 × 178 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery