One of five reliefs with scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses

German (Augsburg)
about 1700
Attributed to Johann Andreas Thelot (1655–1734)


Object Place: Europe, Augsburg, Germany

Dimensions

9.52 x 18.11 cm (3 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

56.308.1

Medium or Technique

Metal; Gilded copper

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Baccus and Silenus entertained by King Midas


Ovid’s tales of transformation had particular resonance for artists since so much of their practice consists of turning raw materials almost magically into finely wrought works of art. Metamorphosis has a particular meaning in the context of bronze casting, in which copper, tin, and lead are combined and melted down in a kiln before being poured into a mold to harden into a finished sculpture.

Provenance

By 1956, M.H. Drey, London; 1956, sold by M.H. Drey to the MFA for £200 (Accession Date: May 10, 1956)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund