Jupiter Beguiled by Juno on Mount Ida
Date Made/Found: 1790-1799
, Irish, 1741 - 1806
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Frame: 1302 x 1554 x 83mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.2742
This painting shows the Roman gods Jupiter and Juno. They are depicted amongst the clouds with Jupiter's eagle behind them in the sky. Juno planned to woo and marry Jupiter so that she could assist in the Greek siege of Troy. If she could lull Jupiter to sleep, the Greeks would be able to attack without his interference.
This painting shows the moment that Juno begins to entice the god. Her slightly higher positioning in the composition indicates her ultimate victory.
James Barry was an important Irish painter of historical and mythological scenes and this was one of his last major works.