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Artist
creator QS:P170,Q2013867
Title
The Myth of Io
Description
English: The ancient Roman poet Ovid, in his "The Metamorphoses," told the story of the nymph Io who was seduced by Jupiter, the king of the gods. When his wife Juno became jealous, Jupiter transformed Io into a heifer to protect her. This panel relates the second half of the story. In the upper left, Jupiter emerges from clouds to order Mercury to rescue Io. In the lower left, Mercury guides his herd to the spot where Io is guarded by the hundred-eyed Argus. In the upper center, Mercury, disguised as a shepherd, lulls Argus to sleep and beheads him. Juno then takes Argus's eyes to ornament the tail feathers of her peacock and sends the Furies to pursue Io, who flees to the Nile River. At last, Jupiter prevails on his wife to cease tormenting the nymph, who, upon resuming her natural form, escapes to the forest and ultimately becomes the Egyptian goddess Isis.

The panel was originally paired with another that depicted the first part of the story. The two were probably once installed in a house in Florence.

For more information on this panel, please see Zeri catalogue number 64, pp. 100-101.
Date circa 1490
date QS:P571,+1490-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
(Early Renaissance
era QS:P2348,Q1472236
)
Medium tempera and oil on wood panel
Dimensions Painted surface Height: 65 cm (25.5 ″); Width: 171.5 cm (67.5 ″); Depth: 3.2 cm (1.2 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,65U174728;P2049,171.5U174728;P5524,3.2U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
Accession number
37.421
place of creation Florence, Italy
Object history
  • Braedalbane, Taymouth Castle, Scotland [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • Mrs. Baillie-Hamilton, Langton, Berwickshire, Scotland, by 1903 [mode of acquisition unknown]
  • : purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore
    [Bernard Berenson as agent]
  • : bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
Exhibition history Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911
Source Walters Art Museum: Nuvola filesystems folder home.svg Home page Information icon.svg Info about artwork
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