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The Infant Jupiter with the Nymphs on Mount Ida

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Jupiter was the son of Saturn, who devoured his children because he feared that one of them would usurp his power. When his mother, Rhea, gave birth to Jupiter, she gave Saturn a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes which he swallowed instead; the child was then secretly brought up by the nymphs on Mount Ida where he was fed on wild honey and milk from the goat Amalthea. Berchem’s picture uses an ideal Italianate landscape as the setting for this well-known myth, with the suckling infant Jupiter visible at the centre of the picture.

The Wallace Collection


  • Date

    1650 (?)

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    63.3 x 84.2 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1867; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897


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