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“Jupiter and Callisto”, Francois Boucher - description of the painting

“Jupiter and Callisto”, Francois Boucher - description of the painting

Jupiter and Callisto - Francois Boucher. 98 x 72 cm

The painting "Jupiter and Callisto" was painted by a master of the Rococo era at the peak of his fame and success. In the 1740s, the stars were supportive of Francois Boucher, his love of pastoral, allegorical and mythological subjects, written in an elegant and subtle manner, provided special protection for King Louis XV and the interest of the highest aristocracy in his works.

The canvas of Francois Boucher “Jupiter and Callisto” was created in 1744 and is an artistic embodiment of “Metamorphosis” by Ovid, who told the ancient Roman myth of Jupiter's love for the beautiful nymph Callisto. Dreaming of seducing a girl, Jupiter turned into a nymph's girlfriend - the goddess Diana. The image of the goddess-hunter allowed approaching the loving god to Callisto and captivating the nymph, obliged to maintain chastity.

The artist sensually and playfully depicted the meeting of two girls at the forest edge. Jupiter in the guise of Diana patronizingly and ambiguously hugs young Callisto. Around there are small Cupids waving garlands and wreaths from forest flowers, confirming with their presence the atmosphere of passion and love reigning around. Only the bird of prey behind Diana’s back reminds of the insidious transformation. The eagle is a symbol of Jupiter, its faithful servant. In many of Boucher’s paintings, the image of the mighty eagle becomes a special sign, meaning the presence of the Thunderer.

The canvas is an impeccable and sophisticated sight. The painting “Jupiter and Callisto” painted to decorate the interior is distinguished by the absence of sharp shapes, dynamic poses and flashy colors, each element speaks of languid bliss, relaxation and graceful relaxation. The color scheme is solved in soft blue, powdery pink and pale green colors. Such a palette easily fits into the fashionable interior of the Rococo era, pleasing the eye with unobtrusive beauty and grace.


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