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Nuremberg, Germany 1586-Nuremberg, Germany 1642; Frankfurt am Main, Germany 1578-Rome, Italy 1610
Apollo and Coronis Apollo and Coronis
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Excelling in small-scale mythological scenes, Adam Elsheimer depicted a subject from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (II: 596–632) in which Apollo hastily murders his beloved Coronis upon learning of her infidelity. Elsheimer maximized the gem-like potential of the copper support and rich palette while invoking Michelangelo da Caravaggio’s contrast of light and shadow. In this copy after Elsheimer’s painting, fellow German artist Johann König lightens the palette to lure the viewer’s eye to the naked flesh, offering an exceptionally erotic intimacy.

 
Nuremberg, Germany 1586-Nuremberg, Germany 1642; Frankfurt am Main, Germany 1578-Rome, Italy 1610
Nuremberg, Germany 1586–Nuremberg, Germany 1642 Nuremberg, Germany 1586–Nuremberg, Germany 1642
Apollo and Coronis Apollo and Coronis
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Oil on copper Oil on copper
overall: 17.4 cm x 22.9 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2014 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2014
57-001.30

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