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Ixion Embracing the Cloud, Carlo Maratta (1625-1713).

Oil on canvas, 30.5cm by 38cm.

Zeus created a cloud in the form of his wife Hera, in order to test Ixion, a Thessalian king who had tried to seduce her.

One of a small group of paintings (see also PICs 239, 244 & 245), bought by the 5th Earl of Exeter and first recorded in the 1688 Inventory: p. 25; ” My Lords Clossett…2 peices a Lyda, a Ixion no frames by –.” They were listed as hanging in their current positions by 1763.





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