Zeus and Mercury in the House of Filomen and Bauci
1200 x 934 • 195 KB
This picture illustrates the ancient pagan legend of an elderly couple who, despite their poverty, offered hospitality to two strangers. Their charity was rewarded by their guests, who were Jupiter and Mercury in disguise, with the fulfillment of their wish to die together, and by their transformation into trees after death. Subjects from classical mythology were of special interest to Rembrandt, when, as in this case, they provided a moral or spiritual parallel to Biblical themes.
Mythology > Roman > Mercury
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: 1658
Artist age:Approximately 52 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 54 cm (21.26 in.), Width: 68 cm (26.77 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on board
Entered by: Member laure9 on 10 August 2008.
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