Oil on copper, mounted on wood
Framed: 36.2 x 43.8 x 3.8 cm (14 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.); Unframed: 23.5 x 30.9 cm (9 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Noah L. Butkin 1982.245
The smooth surface of the copper panel highlights Francken's delicate painting technique.
Neptune—the Roman god of water—and his wife, Amphitrite, ride a chariot pulled by sea horses. Water fowl and flying fish glide in the sky above them, while in the distance a group of nymphs beckon from a grotto. Neptune’s trident represents his power over water and storms; the fish, shells, coral, and pearls carried by his subjects show his wealth.
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