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A M Monogrammist

Jupiter and Antiope

Jupiter and Antiope by A M Monogrammist

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Nothing is known about the Dutch artist who signed himself A M, but his work shows the influence of Italian traditions, not least of all in the figures. This work has recently been cleaned and the frame restored, allowing its display for the first time in many years.

Recently it has been discovered that it the central figures are taken from a larger composition of Jupiter and Antiope by Tiziano Vercellio, known as Titian. Jupiter disguised himself as a satyr, and seduced Antiope, daughter of the King of Thebes, as she slept. Afterwards she gave birth to twin sons, Amphion and Zethus, who their father promptly exposed on Mount Cithaeron, where they were rescued by a shepherd. Amphion grew up to become a magical player of the lyre, an instrument given to him by Hermes. Antiope was punished for her inadvertent fall from grace, but when grown, her sons returned to avenge their mother.

Jupiter and Antiope
Production date
oil on panel
Size (h x w)
451 x 374 mm
1643 AM (LL on quiver; initials in monogram) ref.v.164
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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