Jupiter and Callisto

size(cm): 45x50
Sale price€179,95 EUR


The painting "Jupiter and Callisto" by César Van Everdingen is a masterpiece of Baroque art that has captivated viewers for centuries. This large painting (165 x 193 cm) shows Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods, seducing the beautiful Callisto, a nymph from Diana's court.

Van Everdingen's artistic style is distinctly Baroque, with meticulous attention to detail and great skill in depicting the human figure. The composition of the painting is asymmetrical, with Jupiter on the left side of the image and Callisto on the right. The position of the characters and the use of light and shadow create a sense of tension and drama in the scene.

Color is another prominent aspect of the painting. The warm, rich tones of the Jupiter and Callisto robes contrast with the cooler tones of the surrounding nature. The use of light is also impressive, with the bright light radiating from Jupiter's body creating a dramatic effect in the scene.

The story behind the painting is also interesting. The legend of Jupiter and Callisto is one of the most famous stories in Roman mythology, and has been depicted by many artists throughout history. Van Everdingen's choice to depict this theme suggests his interest in mythology and classical history.

Finally, a little known aspect of the painting is that it was commissioned by King Carlos II of Spain in the 17th century. The painting was part of a series of works that the king commissioned to decorate his palace in Madrid. The painting is now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, where it remains one of the most popular and admired works in the collection.

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