Aegina Visited by Jupiter

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Aegina Visited by Jupiter


Aegina, Jupiter


Our painting was engraved by Marcelin Gilbert Desboutin (1823–1902) and etched by Léopold Flameng (1831–1911).


The young woman may be Aegina, daughter of the river god Asopus, who was visited by Jupiter in the guise of fire and was later carried off by him in the form of an eagle.

This unfinished picture was perhaps an attempt by Greuze at a reception piece for the French Royal Academy. In 1767 he was barred by the Academy from exhibiting in the Salon for having failed to fulfill this requirement. The same year, in a letter to Diderot, Greuze wrote that he "should very much like to paint a woman totally nude without offending modesty." It is possible that he was inspired by Rembrandt's "Danae" (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), then in Paris. Although incomplete and very different in nature, "Aegina" shares with Greuze's final presentation piece "Septimus Severus Reproaching Caracalla" (Musée du Louvre, Paris) its size, central nude figure of heroic proportions, and tripod copied from the antique.


Jean Baptiste Greuze, French, 1725-1805




The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Harry N. Abrams and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, Pfeiffer, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds, 1970 (1970.295) Photographed by Malcolm Varon
?the artist's daughter, Caroline Greuze, Paris (from 1805); Monsieur Lapeyrière, Paris (until 1825; his sale, Lacoste, Henry, Paris, April 19ff., 1825, no. 185, as "Jupiter et Danaé," 54 p. by 71 p., for Fr 801 to Dubois); Everard Rhoné [or Rosné] (in 1846); Monsieur Bonnet (by 1860–85; his estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 2, 1885, no. 1, for Fr 30,000 or 40,000 to Brame); [Brame, Paris, from 1885]; Monsieur Levesque, Paris (by 1900–at least 1901); [Trotti, Paris, in 1923]; baron Maurice de Rothschild, Paris (by 1926–at least 1929); [Wildenstein, Paris]; William Randolph Hearst, New York (by 1939–41; his sale, Hammer Galleries, New York, March 25, 1941, no. 301-4, almost certainly to Wildenstein); [Wildenstein, New York, ?from 1941; sold to Abrams]; Harry N. Abrams, New York (by 1969–70) and [Wildenstein, New York, 1970]

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Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

57 7/8 x 77 1/8 in. (147 x 195.9 cm)



Jean Baptiste Greuze, French, 1725-1805, “Aegina Visited by Jupiter,” Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art, accessed June 20, 2019,