Mercury and Battus, style of Adam Elsheimer
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Mercury and Battus, 1605 – 1610


Dimensions
12.6 x 16.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
1676
Acquisition
Acquired in 1922 as bequest by Fanny Herxheimer, née Livingston
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

Work Data

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Title
Mercury and Battus
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1922 as bequest by Fanny Herxheimer, née Livingston

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 2. Buch, Battus, 676-707

Iconclass

Primary
  • 92B5422 Mercury and Battus; Battus is bribed with a heifer as hush-money
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.
Secondary

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04.08.2020