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Hendrik Goltzius, Jupiter and Antiope

Key facts
Full title Jupiter and Antiope
Artist Hendrik Goltzius
Artist dates 1558 - 1617
Date made 1612
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 122 × 178 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from a private collection
Inventory number L1098
Location Room 24
Art route(s) B
Image copyright On loan from a private collection, © Private Collection 2011
Collection Main Collection
Jupiter and Antiope
Hendrik Goltzius

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.

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