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The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite

The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite

1630s

Frans Francken

(Flemish, 1581-1642)

Oil on copper, mounted on wood

Framed: 36.2 x 43.8 x 3.8 cm (14 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.); Unframed: 23.5 x 30.9 cm (9 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Noah L. Butkin 1982.245

Fun Fact

The smooth surface of the copper panel highlights Francken's delicate painting technique.

Description

Neptune—the Roman god of water—and his wife, Amphitrite, ride a chariot pulled by sea horses. Water fowl and flying fish glide in the sky above them, while in the distance a group of nymphs beckon from a grotto. Neptune’s trident represents his power over water and storms; the fish, shells, coral, and pearls carried by his subjects show his wealth.

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