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Juno Receiving the Eyes of Argus from Mercury

Hendrick Goltzius (in 1615)

Jealous Juno charged the hundred eyed Argus to guard over Io, whom her husband Jupiter had seduced and transformed into a cow. But Jupiter commanded Mercury to kill Argus. Mercury soothed Argus into sleep and then cut off his head. The painting shows Mercury giving the hundred eyes to Juno, who sets them in a peacock's tail.


Title Juno Receiving the Eyes of Argus from Mercury
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 181 cm
Height : 131 cm
Makers Painter: Hendrick Goltzius
Accession number 1240 (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: S.B. Bos 1864
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1864
Age maker About 57 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Hendrick Goltzius

Mühlbracht (Bracht-am-Niederrhein) 1558 - Haarlem 1617

Hendrik Goltzius was an engraver from Haarlem. In the beginning he mainly engraved works designed by other artists, but later also used his own designs. Togethe..