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Elsheimer, Adam
The Mocking of Ceres The Mocking of Ceres
around 1605 around 1605

In illustrating the goddess Ceres quenching her thirst on her quest to find her kidnapped daughter, Adam Elsheimer drew upon the ancient writer Ovid. That this artist, who concentrated upon narrative painting once he moved to Rome, illustrates a rarely depicted moment from The Metamorphoses (V: 425–486) suggests the impact that the classical tradition had upon him. Furthermore, the tenebrism created by the variety of light—candlelight and torchlight—reflects the intense contrast of light and shadow popularized by Michelangelo da Caravaggio in Rome in the early 1590s.

 
Elsheimer, Adam
Frankfurt, Germany 1578–Rome, Italy 1610 Frankfurt, Germany 1578–Rome, Italy 1610
The Mocking of Ceres The Mocking of Ceres
around 1605 around 1605
Oil on copper, coated with silver Oil on copper, coated with silver
overall: 29.1 cm x 24 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2008 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2008
51-004.03

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