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Mercury and Argus Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)

Mercury and Argus

Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)

  • TITLE

    : Mercury and Argus
  • AUTHOR

    : Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
  • DATE

    : c. 1650 - 1660
  • TYPE

    : Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    : Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    : 96 × 71 cm
  • SUBJECT

    : Mythological scene
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    : 17th century Genoese painting
  • ROOM

    : 13

The painting illustrates an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Mercury prepares to send Argus to sleep, with the alluring melodies of his flute, and then to kill him at Jove’s command. Argus, the shepherd with a hundred eyes and immense strength, was entrusted by Juno to keep watch over the young Io, who was loved by Jove and transformed by him into a heifer. The painting entered the Ambrosiana collection as a work by the Neapolitan artist Salvator Rosa, but is now attributed to a late-seventeenth-century Genoese painter.

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  • TITLE

    Mercury and Argus
  • AUTHOR

    Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
  • DATE

    c. 1650 - 1660
  • TYPE

    Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    96 × 71 cm
  • SUBJECT

    Mythological scene
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    17th century Genoese painting
  • ROOM

    13

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