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The Rape of Ganymede

Photo credit: Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust

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This image depicts Ganymede, a beautiful youth from Phrygia who was carried off Mount Ida, where he was tending his father's flocks, by the Gods that he might fill the cup of Jupiter (Zeus) and live among the immortals. Some legends say that Jupiter disguised himself as an eagle, or he asked an eagle to carry Ganymede away. His parents were given a pair of 'divine horses' as compensation for the loss of their son. Astronomers have placed Ganymede in the stars as Aquarius.

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Merthyr Tydfil

Title

The Rape of Ganymede

Date

1540

Medium

oil on wood

Measurements

H 180 x W 88 cm

Accession number

CCM.1021.995

Acquisition method

purchased, 1911

Work type

Painting

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