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Attributed to Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690) , Latona and the Lycian Peasants

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Title Latona and the Lycian Peasants
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date Earliest probably about 1630
Date Latest 1690
Description The subject is from Ovid, Metamorphoses, VI.314-381. Seated centrally is the female figure of Latona, in red and white, with her naked infants Apollo and Diana, Jupiter's most famous children. Driven from Mount Olympus by the jealous Juno and pursued by a serpent from country to country, Latona finally came to Lycia in Asia Minor, where she paused to quench her thirst at a clear pool. Hostile, jeering peasants waded into the pool to muddy its waters and the exhausted Latona implored Jupiter to take pity on her and his children. Hearing Latona's cries, Jupiter changed the Lycian peasants into frogs, thereby assuring they would never leave the pool, seen here to the left and behind Latona. There are trees in left background and a castle in right background.
Current Accession Number 3
Former Accession Number 6 (1855)
Subject mythology (Ovid; Metamorphoses; Latona; Lycian peasants)
Measurements 33.7 x 45 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Provenance Claude-Alexandre de Villeneuve (1702-1760), comte de Vence, Lieutenant-Général des armées du roi, Paris, 1754; possibly Duke of Buckingham sale, Christie's, London, 29-30 November 1839, 2nd day, lot 193, bought by John Lewis Rutley, £2 15s; Marquess of Camden sale, London, 12 June 1841, lot 35, bought by Norton, £42.
Publications Smith, J., A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, III, London, 1831, no. 84; h, J., Supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, London, 1842, no. 152; McLellan Catalogue, Glasgow, 1855, p. 4, no. 6; Waagen, G., Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 458; Miles, H., Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1961, I, pp. 135-136, no. 3, II, p. 27.
Notes M. Klinge 1978 (file note): ' probably genuine, no other version exists' [except smaller, signed, version, in M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco].The work was apparently not in Claude-Alexandre de Villeneuve sales of June/ July 1760 and February 1761 (see Provenance).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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