The Mocking of Latona, Jan Brueghel the Elder
Jan Brueghel the Elder
The Mocking of Latona
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Jan Brueghel the Elder

The Mocking of Latona, 1601


Dimensions
36.5 x 55.0 x min. 0.4 cm
maximum depth
0.6 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
1113
Acquisition
Acquired in 1876
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The artist – also known as ‘Flower Brueghel’ or ‘Paradise Brueghel’ for his meticulous depiction of flora and fauna – painted this scene soon after his return from Italy. His subject is an episode from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’: Latona, Jupiter’s mistress, is prevented from slaking her thirst by some peasants who are cutting reeds in a pool. She curses the peasants, who at once turn into frogs. Jan Brueghel the Elder was endowed with the skill to portray the figures and their transformation just as vividly as the shady woodland lake and the view of the landscape in the distance.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Mocking of Latona
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: BRVEGHEL. 1601.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1876

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 6. Buch, Die lykischen Bauern, 339-381

Iconclass

Primary
  • 97E4 Lycian farmers changed into frogs: Latona changes Lycian farmers into frogs, because while they were weeding a marsh, they prevented her and her children from quenching their thirst (Ovid, Metamorphoses VI 369)
  • 83(OVID,Metamorphosen) (OVID,Metamorphosen) specific works of literature (with AUTHOR, Title)
  • 25HH2(+1) landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) - HH - ideal landscapes (+ landscape with figures, staffage)
Secondary

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11.02.2020