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Jupiter and Callisto

Attributed to Karel Philips Spierincks, Flemish (active Rome), 1609 - 1639

Made in Rome, Italy, Europe

Early 17th century

Oil on canvas

53 × 70 inches (134.6 × 177.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 359, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
The Mr. and Mrs. Carroll S. Tyson, Jr., Collection, 1963

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At left, Jupiter, disguised as Diana, goddess of the hunt, embraces the nymph Callisto. Callisto reappears in the distance being dragged by the hair by Jupiter's jealous wife, Juno, who can be identified by her characteristic chariot and peacocks.

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