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Mercury and Argus 18th Century Landscape Figurative Oil Painting By Joseph Roos

after 1700

$18,000

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The painting attributed to Joseph Roos show Mercury and Argus, depicts the a scene from the story of Mercury, Argus, and Io, found in The Metamorphoses written by Ovid (I, 583; IX, 687). Jupiter (Zeus) falls in love with Io, a priestess of Hera, his wife, who quickly discovers the affair. Jupiter transforms himself into a bull and transforms Io into a beautiful, white heifer in order to hide from Hera's wrath. Hera understands his strategy and demands the heifer as a present. To end their affair, Hera puts Io under the guard of the giant Argus Panoptes, who has 100 eyes. Jupiter commands his son Mercury (Hermes) to set Io free by lulling Argus to sleep with an enchanted flute. Mercury, disguised as a shepherd, is invited by Argus to his camp. In the museum of fine arts in Lyon, is displayed a similar scene painted by the flemish painter Jacob Jordaens. Joseph Roos was the nephew of the painter Philipp Peter Roos, known as Rosa da Tivoli, and therefore the great-grandson of the painter Johann Heinrich Roos. After his training in Vienna, in 1747 he went to Dresden, where he was able to collaborate in the decoration of the opera house. From 1758, Roos lived permanently in Dresden as a court painter. In 1765 he became a professor of landscape painting at the newly founded Academy. Following a quarrel with his painter colleague Giovanni Battista Casanova, Roos moved to Vienna, where he was appointed director of the imperial picture gallery. This painting is one of the highest quality works attributed to the painter Joseph Roos, who proves to be a worthy heir to the art of his ancestor.

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  • Attributed to
    Joseph Roos (Italian)
  • Creation Year
    after 1700
  • Dimensions
    Height: 68.9 in. (175 cm)Width: 45.28 in. (115 cm)Depth: 2.76 in. (7 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135018988332

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