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ID number:  BIRBI-97.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bolswert, Schelte Adamsz (c. 1586-1659)
Title / Object name:  Stormy Landscape with Philemon and Baucis
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Antwerp
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  after 1630
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Paper: 502 x 665 mm; mount: 620 x 805 mm
Provenance:  Purchased April 1997

Mythological gods are notorious for their vengeful behaviour. When a disguised Jupiter and Mercury visited Earth, only Philemon and Baucis welcomed them. Shocked by the hostility of other inhabitants, the gods flooded the landscape. Here the figures are overwhelmed by the storm, which fills the composition. The eagle and goat are emblems of Jupiter, who stands on the left. Next to him, Mercury, who wraps a protective arm around Philemon, is identifiable by his winged sandals and caduceus (staff entwined with snakes). Engarving after Rubens.

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