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Jupiter and Io, after Correggio, by James Byres (1733-1817), signed and dated ‘Roma’ 1763.

Watercolour on ivory, rectangular, in a carved giltwood frame, 27.6cm by 14.5cm.

In a scene taken from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Jupiter appears in cloud-like form as he seduces Io.

The original painting, of about 1530, by Antonio Allegri da Corregio (1489-1534), the foremost painter of the Parma School in the Italian High Renaissance, is in the Kuntshistorisches Museum in Vienna.

James Byres, a Scottish antiquary and dealer in Old Master paintings, acquired a number of works of art for Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), in the later 18th Century.


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