Landscape with the Rape of Hylas, Joseph Anton Koch
Joseph Anton Koch
Landscape with the Rape of Hylas
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Joseph Anton Koch

Landscape with the Rape of Hylas, 1832

76.0 x 104.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1832
Not on display


About the Work

The Argo, a fabulously fast ship full of heroes, is at anchor off the coast in a Southern landscape. While the Argonaut Hylas is seeking refreshment at a spring, nymphs pounce on him and kidnap him. The fate of the youth is sealed because Cupid is standing at the ready with his bow and arrow and his torch of passion. Koch places the event from Greek mythology in an idealised landscape. The unity of man and nature, personified by Hylas and the nymphs at the spring, is typical of Classicism; the portrayal of the landscape, by contrast, already points forward to the Romantic Age.

Work Data

Basic Information

Landscape with the Rape of Hylas
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: I. K.
Work Catalogues
  • Lutterotti 1985, Nr. G 77

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1832

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 25H landscapes
  • 9 Classical Mythology and Ancient History
  • 94A331 Hylas abducted by the nymphs whilst fetching water
  • 92D1 (story of) Cupid, Amor (Eros)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Joseph Anton Koch (1768-1839), Rom
verkauft zusammen mit dem Gemälde Der Prophet Bileam und seine Eselin durch Vermittlung von Legationsrat August Kestner (1777-1853) in Rom an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 28. Dezember 1832.


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