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Apollo and Diana Punishing Niobe by Killing her Children  1591

by Abraham Bloemaert

The story of Niobe is related in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Canto 6, 146-312): [br] Niobe was the daughter of the proud King Tantalus of Phrygia. She married Amphion, the king of Thebes, and bore him seven sons and seven daughters. She bragged of her many children and chided the goddess Latona, mother of the twins Apollo and Diana, for having only two. In vengeance, Apollo an...
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