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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Carlo Cesio
Italian, about 1622–about 1682
After Annibale Carracci
Italian, 1560–1609

Jupiter and Juno, from Galeria nel Palazzo Farnese in Roma (Gallery of the Farnese Palace in Rome)

Etching and engraving, about 1675
Gift of Irving E. Macomber, 1964.4

Jupiter, king of the gods, is beckoning his wife Juno to bed. His arms embrace the goddess. Jupiter’s attribute, an eagle, with lightning bolts firmly grasped in its talons, rests almost subdued at Jupiter’s feet. Juno’s peacock stands in the background, placidly gazing at the scene.Cesio has used far less crosshatching on the dimly lit figures in this composition. Interior light is suggested, while very short lines and dots produced by the point of the burin give the figures a soft shadowy appearance.