Echo and Narcissus

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According to Ovid, 'Metamorphoses', III, 339–510, the talkative nymph Echo, now only an echoing voice, vainly pursued the self-absorbed Narcissus, who fell in love with his own beauty as reflected in a pool and was transformed into a flower. This painting is clearly an early work, from 1633–1641, a time when Mola supported himself by painting small scenes with attractive landscapes, often as here in a neo-Venetian manner.

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Echo and Narcissus


oil on canvas


H 50 x W 39 cm

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Purchased, 1954

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