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Jupiter and Semele, Carlo Maratta (1625-1713).

Oil on canvas, 30.5cm by 38cm.

Jupiter (Zeus) took the form of a human to seduce Semele; their son was Dionysus (Bacchus) the god of wine. This was one of four small paintings bought by the 5th Earl of Exeter, (see also PICs 238, 239 & 245); it appears in the 1738 Inventory, p. 55-6: “The Dressing room…….4 small Pieces; Jupiter and Alcmene, Danäe and the Golden Shower, Leda and the Swan, Ixion and the Cloud. ”




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