Artibus et Historiae no. 46 (XXIII)2002, ISSN 0391-9064
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ANETA GEORGIEVSKA-SHINE - On Juno and her Semblance in Rubens' Ixion
The story of Ixion's desire for Juno is one of the more seldom represented myths in the Renaissance. When it does appear in painting, it thematizes his punishment by Jupiter. A notable departure from this tradition is a painting created by Rubens shortly after his return from Italy to Antwerp. Instead of addressing Ixion's suffering, it concentrates on his deception as he embraces a "false" Juno fashioned by Jupiter out of clouds. This essay proposes that Rubens' interpretation draws on a specific classical reading of the myth of Ixion, as well as on contemporary theoretical ideas about pictorial eloquence.