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The traditional title of this painting is misleading. In Ovid's 'Metamorphosis' Jupiter, in the disguise of a satyr, ravishes Antiope. However, it is more likely that this painting shows Venus sleeping and represents earthly love. The original painting is now in the Louve, Paris. In 1536 it was owned by Count Nicola Maffei, a close relative of Federico Gonzaga, and was hung as a pedant (pair) with 'Venus with Mercury and Cupid' ('The School of Love'), now in the National Gallery, London.
17th C/18th C
oil on canvas
104 x 96.5 cm
gift, as part of the endowment, from the 6th Earl of Morley, 1957
National Trust, Saltram
Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 1UH EnglandView venue
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