Jupiter and Mercury with Baucis and Philemon

A work made of engraving on paper.
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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

c. 1650

Artist:

Nicolaes Lauwers (Flemish, 1600-1652)
after Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, 1593-1678)

About this artwork

Nicolaes Lauwers engraved paintings and other compositions for many important Flemish artists, including Peter Paul Rubens. The fleshiness of the divine visitors suggests that Jacob Jordaens created the original painting. In the story of Baucis and Philemon, the elderly husband and wife opened their home to the gods Jupiter and Mercury, who were disguised as peasants, and were rewarded for their hospitality. In this scene, the vividly portrayed couple cannot yet see the gods in their true form, although the viewer can. The single goose screeches a warning (and an objection to becoming a meal), while Philemon offers Jupiter his best basket of fruit.

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Artist

Nicolaes Lauwers

Title

Jupiter and Mercury with Baucis and Philemon

Origin

Flanders

Date

1645–1652

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

487 × 565 mm (plate); 494 × 567 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Harry L. Calvin

Reference Number

1972.431

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