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The Amazement of the Gods (?)

Hans von Aachenprobably 1590s

The National Gallery, London
The National Gallery, London

The subject is obscure but may be explained by the contemporary inscription on a drawing (in Stuttgart) of an analogous composition attributed to Hans von Aachen: 'This shows how Jupiter abandons Venus and loves Minerva, with the amazement of all other pagan gods.'

The erotic subject suggests the drawing was made in Prague, either when the painter visited the city in the early 1590s, or during his residence there.

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  • Title: The Amazement of the Gods (?)
  • Creator: Hans von Aachen
  • Date Created: probably 1590s
  • School: German
  • Physical Dimensions: w458 x h355 cm
  • More Info: More Artist Information
  • Inventory number: NG6475
  • Artist Biography: Hans von Aachen was born in Cologne and took his name from his father's birthplace. He trained in Cologne and travelled in Italy before a period in Bavaria (1589 – about 1596). From 1596 he settled in Prague, where he mainly served the Emperor Rudolf II as artist and adviser on the acquisition of art objects.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1982
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: The National Gallery, London
  • Medium: Oil on copper

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