(b. 1562, Haarlem, d. 1638, Haarlem)

The Fall of the Titans

Oil on canvas, 239 x 307 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

The Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses relate the story of a reigning race of gods consisting of the titans, the cyclopes, and the giants who were challenged to a cosmic battle by the Olympian gods headed by Zeus.

The fierce battle, the so-called titanomachia, ended with the defeat of the titans whom Zeus cast down into Tartaros, the underworld, from where they cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.