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Circa 1585

Maarten de Vos (1532 - 1603)

Width: 32 cm; Height: 20.3 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
As narrated by the classical author Ovid, Atalanta agreed to marry the man who could beat her in a race. Using a ruse Hippomenes dropped three golden apples, received from the goddess Venus, shown in her chariot at top left. Atalanta could not resist picking them up and thus lost the race.

Although the story warns against greed for gold and sensual temptation, de Vos imbued his depiction with sensory appeal by adopting an expressive drawing technique that captures the wild race and entices the senses of the viewer. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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