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Juno in the Form of Beroe, Warning Semele, ca. 1615

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 175 x 253 mm
  • Inv. 2014-MT

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Semele, daughter of Cadmus, is visited by Juno in the guise of her ancient lover Beroë. They sit opposite each other in a hedge-walled garden. Juno holds a grudge against Semele because she is pregnant by Jupiter. Juno advises Semele to ask the god to show himself to her in his full majesty. Only then can she be sure that the father of the child in her womb is a god and not a mere mortal. His heavenly fire devours her human body.


Anonymous artist
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Hendrick Goltzius RKD
Brüggen 1558 - Haarlem 1617

G. Rijckius

Title Juno in the Form of Beroe, Warning Semele
Date ca. 1615
Period 17th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: HG. inv.
printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: 5
printed inscription outside the depiction, left middle: Fronti nulla fides! Beroes Iuno ora Semilis / Induit in graudem, quo pellice gaudeat ulta / Ne credas Semele! non haec Epidauria nutrix, / Zelotypa ach talite captat magine Iuno. / G. Rijkius 45
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre right: G. Rijckius
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: 45
inscription bottom left: Goltzius
inscription: Goltzius
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-MT
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2014-MT
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/11700/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
31D17 old woman Iconclass
41A54 fence, wall, paling Iconclass
41A6 garden Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
9 Classical Mythology and Ancient History Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
95B(SEMELE) (story of) Semele Iconclass
95B(SEMELE)51 Juno, in the guise of an old woman (Beroe) induces Semele to ask Jupiter to show himself to her in all his divine splendour Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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