Boreas Abducting Oreithyia

Boreas Abducting Oreithyia

c. 1755-1760

Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

(French, 1713-1789)

Red chalk

Support: Beige laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper (mount by François Renaud, Lugt Suppl. 1042)

Overall: 22.5 x 40.9 cm (8 7/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.366


Pierre took the subject of this drawing from the celebrated work the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid (43 bc-ad 17), which recounts the loves of the gods and goddesses of antiquity. Oreithyia, daughter of Erectheus, king of Athens, so inspired the passion of the god of the north wind, Boreas, that he descended to the earth to kidnap her. Although this subject was not especially common, Ovid was a favorite source for painters during the 1700s. Pierre was influenced here by a tapestry designed by François Boucher showing the same scene.

See also
DR - French
Type of artwork: 
Red chalk

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