23 - 24 June 2015
David Teniers I (Antwerp 1582-1649)
Mercury espying Herse and her sisters
signed and dated 'D · TENIER INVE... / ET FECIT · / 1612' (lower left)
oil on canvas
73.4 x 117.9 cm.
Private property, Belgium, since circa 65 years.
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Taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, II, 708-729, Teniers here depicts Mercury discovering Herse, a daughter of Kekrops, founder of Athens, on her way to the Temple of Minerva to make a sacrifice. By Mercury, Herse will give birth to a son, Kephalos.
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