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Erigone Conquered (Erigone vaincue)
  • François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • Erigone Conquered (Erigone vaincue)
  • France
  • 1745
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 99 x 134.5 cm
  • Signature: 'f. Boucher. /.1745.'
  • P447
  • Landing
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • As described by Ovid, Bacchus, disguised as a bunch of grapes, deceives the nymph Erigone. Originally the painting, together with P442, formed part of a set of four representing the Seasons, all of which were shaped in the same manner and engraved by Charles Duflos in 1751. From their shape and low viewpoints it is clear that they were painted as overdoors to be inserted into decorative panelling. The other two pictures in the series depict the winter as return of Diana from the hunt (Retour de chasse de Diane; Paris, Musée Cognacq-Jay) and summer (Les confidences pastorale; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Two of the seasons were thus depicted in the guise of mythological subjects, two as pastorals