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The Battle between the Gods and the Giants  1613

by Joachim Wtewael

The subject of the victory of the gods of Olympus over the ancient race of giants provided Joachim Wtewael with the opportunity to depict exaggerated athletic poses and striking contrasts of space and light. From the clouds, the Olympian gods wield their attributes as weapons: Jupiter hurls thunderbolts; Neptune brandishes his triton; and Mercury uses his caduceus as a spe...
6 1/8 × 8 in. (15.6 × 20.3 cm)
oil on copper
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago