DYCK, Sir Anthony van
(b. 1599, Antwerpen, d. 1641, London)

Jupiter and Antiope

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Oil on canvas, 150 x 206 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

Anthony van Dyck was the third leading member of the Antwerp School (beside Rubens and Jordaens). This youthful work shows Jupiter in the guise of a satyr, accompanied by his eagle attribute, discovering the sleeping nymph Antiope. The work, of which several versions are known, shows similarities with the style of Rubens and Jordaens, with both of whom the young Van Dyck collaborated.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 38 minutes):
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in C Major (Jupiter-Symphony) K 551