Jupiter and Antiope (c. 1523) by Correggio

Jupiter and Antiope - Correggio - c. 1523

Artwork Information

TitleJupiter and Antiope
Datec. 1523
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions190 x 124 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMusee du Louvre, Paris

About Jupiter and Antiope

The artwork “Jupiter and Antiope” is a significant creation by the artist Correggio, dating back to circa 1523. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Correggio crafted a piece that reflects the stylistic qualities of the Mannerism movement, an evolution of the Late Renaissance era. The work stands at notable dimensions of 190 by 124 centimeters. Currently, this piece resides within the esteemed collection of the Musee du Louvre located in Paris.

The painting portrays the mythological narrative where Jupiter, the king of gods, disguises himself to engage with the mortal Antiope. The central figure in the artwork is Antiope, depicted lying in a somewhat reclined position, her body relaxed and her arm resting gracefully over her head, suggesting a state of slumber or repose. The rendering of her form is both sensuous and tender, exhibiting the smooth, soft flesh tones and the masterful use of light and shadow that typify Correggio’s work.

To the left and hovering above Antiope is a figure representing Jupiter, who has taken the form of a satyr. His presence is dynamic and active, a stark contrast to Antiope’s passive and serene disposition. His gesture seems to be one of anticipation or careful movement as not to awaken her.

Moreover, a cupid figures at the bottom right of the artwork, echoing the theme of love and desire that is central to the composition. This additional character adds a layer of narrative depth, linking the mortal and the divine realms through the theme of love.

Throughout the artwork, the rich, dark backdrop frames the subjects, accentuating their forms and directing attention towards the intimate scene. Correggio has skillfully manipulated light to create a soft, muted atmosphere, enhancing the dreamlike quality of this mythological encounter. The exquisite detail, combined with the psychological depth and mythological subject matter, makes “Jupiter and Antiope” a renowned and studied piece within the canon of Renaissance art.

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