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Jupiter, the ruler of the gods, is seated on a cloud, his attribute of an eagle with thunderbolts in its beak beside him. He is embracing the goddess Minerva, his daughter. The scene is witnessed by a gathering of the gods of Olympus, clearly shocked by what they see.
From 1596 Hans von Aachen was working in Prague. He was employed as court painter by the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, who was often depicted as Jupiter and for whom he may have made this picture. Rudolf may have been attracted by the idea of the powerful Jupiter’s union with Minerva, the goddess of wisdom.
The National Gallery, London
The Amazement of the Gods (?)
Oil on copper
H 35.5 x W 45.8 cm