Category: Metamorphoses

Bacchus Transforming into Trees the Thracian Women Who Murdered Orpheus (and detail) by Battista Dossi, a modello for one of the tapestries of the Metamorphoses for which Dossi was paid in 1545

Italian, c. 1545

pen and ink with white and grey wash on paper

Royal Collection Trust

Apollo and Daphne (with detail of Apollo) by Luca Giordano (called Fa Presto)

Italian, possibly 1680s

oil on canvas

private collection

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Cadmus and Harmonia Changed into Snakes

Bernard Picart

1732

From Ovid’s Metamorphoses:

Those of his companions who were present were horrified, but she just calmly stroked the smooth, sleek neck of the crested dragon, and at once there were two serpents intertwined, who presently went crawling off and found a hiding place within a nearby grove.

But these days, they no longer flee from men, nor do they harm them; mindful of their former identities, they’re very gentle dragons. 

Landscape with the Judgment of Midas by Gillis van Conixloo

Flemish, 1588

oil on panel

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

The Age of GoldThe Age of SilverThe Age of Bronze, and The Age of Iron, from the series Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by the workshop of Hendrick Goltzius

Dutch, 1589

engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thisbe Frightened by the Lion and Deucalion and Pyrrha Repeopling the Earth, and The Giants Climbing the Heavens, from the series Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by the workshop of Hendrick Goltzius

Dutch, 1589-1590

engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Coronis Changed into a Crow, Daphne Changed into a Laurel Tree, and Battus Changed into a Stonefrom the series Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by the workshop of Hendrick Goltzius

Dutch, 1589-1590

engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Diana Discovering the Pregnancy of Callisto and Juno Turning Callisto into a Bear, from the series Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by workshop of Hendrick Goltzius

Dutch, c. 1590

engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Apollo Killing Python, Cadmus Killing the Dragon, and Arcas Preparing to Kill His Motherfrom the series Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by workshop of Hendrick Goltzius

Dutch, 1589-1590

engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Clymene Urging Phaeton to Find Helios, Phaeton Asking for the ChariotPhaeton Driving the Chariot of the SunThe Fall of Phaeton, and Phaeton’s Sisters Changed into Poplars and Cygnus into a Swan, from the series Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by the workshop of Hendrick Goltzius

Dutch, 1589-1590

engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art