Salmacis and Hermaphrodite

The story is from Ovid's Metamorphoses IV. Spying on Hermaphroditus as he bathes, the nymph Salmacis is consumed with passion; later she captures him in her embrace and their bodies become one - half-male, half-female. This is one of a number of studio variants based on an original by Albani in the Louvre and is especially close to an example in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin.

Not currently on display

Artist
Studio of Francesco Albani
Date
17th Century
Location
Not on display
Dimensions
60.6 x 74 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG458