GHEYN, Jacob de II
(b. 1565, Antwerp, d. 1629, The Hague)

Neptune and Amphitrite

Oil on canvas, 103,5 x 137 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

This half-length depiction of the married sea gods whose love is symbolized by the Cupid and the shells that accompany them was originally described in Wallraf's collection as 'Italian'. He was deceived probably by the decorative elegance of its colour and line, and by the type of the double half-length, which originated in Italy.