Cornelis van Dalen II
(Amsterdam 1638 – 1660/1664)
The Rape of Ganymede
Signed lower left
Black chalk, washed, on paper, 26.9 x 21.3 cm
– Private collection, the Netherlands
– Auction Sotheby’s London, 4 July 2007, lot 197 (as Attributed to Lucas van Uden)
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Bears unidentified collector’s initials and numbering Nº 402 verso.

The Rape of Ganymede was a popular subject in art and painted by many great artists such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Rubens, among others. The myth tells the story of Ganymede; a beautiful Trojan prince who caught the eye of Zeus.
This drawing by Cornelis van Dalen II depicts the legendary account of an eagle (either the Aetos Dios or a manifestation of Jupiter himself) kidnapping the handsome Ganymede and taking him to Mount Olympus to serve as Jupiter’s lover as well as cupbearer to the gods.

€ 800 - 1.200
€ 750