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ID number:  BIRBI-96.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Passe, Magdalena van de (c.1600-1638)
Title / Object name:  Latona and the Frogs
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Utrecht
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1633
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Paper: 213 x 260 mm; mount: 405 x 556 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Elizabeth Harvey-Lee, March 1996
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This landscape dwarfs the narrative in the foreground, again an act of divine retribution. An exhausted Latona, fleeing the wrath of Juno, has stopped for a drink at a lake. Insolent peasants mock the goddess, and paddle in the water to make it muddy. In revenge, Latona transforms them into frogs, and here they are seen in various stages of that process. Latona’s children, the gods Apollo and Diana, cling to their mother. Van de Passe’s chief concern here is the landscape, which she has rendered naturalistically in fine detail. Engraving after (?) Elsheimer.

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