Master of the Die (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1530–60)
After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)
sheet: 7 1/2 x 8 11/16 in. (19 x 22 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Not on view
As in Ovid's brief account of Ganymede's abduction (Metamophoses 10.155–61), in this engraving the story is all about love. Cupid is the central character, and Ganymede and the eagle are relegated to accessories, testifying to the power of the infant god—even in his sleep—to disarm the supreme ruler of Olympus. Mercury, messenger of the gods, often assisted Jupiter with his love affairs. Here, he rushes to help his father, while Venus, in the company of the Graces, watches over her son.
Inscription: Lettered with eight lines of description in two blocks in bottom margin 'Giove inbrando ... / l'armi a giove', monogram 'B' in die lower right of image.
Marking: On verso in pen and brown ink 'P. Mariette 1671' along with stamp of the Albertina
Pierre Mariette le fils (French, Paris 1634–1716 Paris); Graphische Sammlung Albertina
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.