Mercury lulls to sleep and will kill the many-eyed Argus, set by Juno to watch over lo, whom Jupiter (having ravished her) had transformed into a heifer (Ovid. Metamorphoses, I).


  • Title: Mercury and Argus
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w365 x h325 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: French
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Imitator of: Claude
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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