The Infancy of Jupiter

As part of the Mantua sale, Charles acquired a number of works by the Gonzaga’s court painter Giulio Romano, Raphael’s most talented pupil. Many of these pictures depict scenes from antiquity. This work provides a pagan take on the nativity theme so apparent in this room. It formed a pair with no. 12, Giulio’s Birth of Hercules.

Van der Doort c.1639

Giulio Romano

Cupid, lying on a wicker bank, 4 figures near and 8 naked nymphs in the distance sitting by the water, small full-length figures

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 19, № 12
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
3ft 6in x 5ft 9in (106.7 x 175.3cm)
whited carved and gilded frame
Mantua piece
another of the aforesaid like long fellow piece (ie matching no 9)
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 24
Other inventories: 
Mantua 1627, no. 965 (25 scudi, 150 lire)
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

Giulio Romano