Hermes, Herse and Aglaurus - Veronese Paolo, after

Veronese Paolo, after

Hermes, Herse and Aglaurus

Oil on canvas, 153 x 96 cm

Georgios Averof Bequest

Inv. Number Π.649

The painting is a copy, probably of the 18th century, of the work by Paolo Veronese (Verona 1528 – Venice 1588) Hermes, Herse and Aglauros, presently at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; it depicts a mythological scene from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in which Hermes, in love with Herse, an Athenian princess, tries to enter into her room while her sister, Aglauros, tries to prevent him. Then, in order to reach his goal, he transforms Aglauros into a stone statue, in front of surprised Herse.