Ganymede and the Eagle
Antonio Verrio (Lecce c.1639 – Hampton Court Palace 1707)
Oil painting on plaster, Ganymede and the Eagle by Antonio Verrio (Lecce c.1639 – Hampton Court Palace 1707). Oval. Inset ceiling painting. A semi-nude Ganymede wearing a pink cloak is carried into the sky by an eagle (Zeus in disguise), an old male figure to the left looks on.
In 1911 catalogue and thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002
Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)
Makers and roles
Antonio Verrio (Lecce c.1639 – Hampton Court Palace 1707), artist