Mercury and the Sleeping Argus, Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen, 1610

Mercury and the Sleeping Argus, Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen, 1610

silver, h 13.1cm × w 15.6cm × t 1.0cm. More details

This scene revolves around the cow in the background, Jupiter’s beloved Io. Jupiter changed her into a cow to hide his adultery from his jealous spouse, Juno. But since Juno asked for the cow as a present, Jupiter had to concede. Juno had the cow guarded by Argus, whereupon Jupiter sent Mercury to kill Argus. Mercury first lulled Argus to sleep with music and stories.

On display in gallery 2.3 Paulus van Vianen

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