Circe Punishes Glaucus by Turning Scylla into a Monster, Eglon van der Neer, 1695

Circe Punishes Glaucus by Turning Scylla into a Monster, Eglon van der Neer, 1695

oil on canvas, h 64cm × w 53.3cm. More details

The unsightly, but good-natured sea god Glaucus was in love with Scylla, but this was unrequited. To win her over, he sought the help of the sorceress Circe. This was a mistake, for Circe was herself in love with him. In a fit of rage, she changed poor Scylla into a monster. Van der Neer set the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in sinister surroundings. Gesturing theatrically, the sorceress performs her vengeful deed.

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