(b. 1578, Frankfurt/Main, d. 1610, Roma)

Apollo and Coronis

Oil on copper, 12,6 x 17,4 cm
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Adam Elsheimer often depicted rather obscure mythological subjects. This episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses was rarely depicted and this moment virtually never chosen. The nymph Coronis was Apollo's unfaithful lover. Betrayed by a raven, Coronis was shot with an arrow by an enraged Apollo. Soon repenting his action, the god unsuccessfully tried to revive her.