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Jupiter's Loves and His Children

Infant Hercules Strangling Snakes
Infant Hercules Strangling Snakes
1st century
Bronze
(98.1)
Gilbreath-McLorn Museum Fund

More than fifty works in pottery, bone, metal, drawings, prints, watercolors, paintings, and books illustrated the continuity of classical mythology from the sixth century B.C.E. to the twentieth century. Jupiter, king of the pagan gods, was depicted in his pursuit and conquest of several women. Other images focused on the exploits of offspring that resulted from his conquests. Metamorphosis played an important role in this exhibition, for part of Jupiter's power was his ability to change his appearance. The exceptional quality of the artistic and scholarly components of this exhibition was achieved by collaborative efforts of a number of institutions and individuals. Loans by seventeen individuals or institutions included works by such major artists as Marcantonio Raimondi, Nicolaes Maes, Angelica Kauffmann, Edward Burne-Jones, Lovis Corinth, and Elaine de Koonig.

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