The best-known account of the story comes from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' (I, 583ff). Io was seduced by Jupiter and he then transformed her into a heifer in an attempt to deceive his wife, Juno. Juno, however, made Jupiter give the heifer to her whereupon she put it in the charge of Argus, the hundred-eyed watchman. Here, Lastman shows the moment when Juno descends to earth, surrounded by peacocks and asks for the heifer. He adds two figures not mentioned by Ovid - Cupid and the man with the mask which are allegories of love and deceit respectively. The tails of the peacocks have no 'eyes' yet. Jupiter later had Argus killed, and his hundred eyes were transferred to the peacock's tail.
Ovid's book had already been translated into Dutch in about 1590 and was often used by artists as a source for mythological subjects for their paintings: it eventually became known as the 'Painters' Bible'. The Dutch writer Karel van Mander in 1604 devoted a substantial portion of his 'Schilderboek' (Book of Painting) to the interpretation of Ovid's stories.
Delivery within 15 days. More information on delivery
Delivery within 21 days. More information on delivery
We hope that you will love everything you buy from us, however, if you're not completely happy with your order, please contact us within 14 days of receipt. A 20% cancellation fee applies to made-to-order prints. If your order is damaged or faulty, we will arrange a replacement.
More information on Returns & Refunds
Juno discovering Jupiter with Io
20% Cancellation Fee on Made to Order products
If you decided to cancel your made-to-order print for any reason, it is unlikely that we could sell it to another customer at full selling price. We'll therefore charge a cancellation fee of 20% of the order price.
- Art Prints: Bestsellers
- National Gallery's Top 20
- Exhibition Art Prints
- Art Posters
- Mini Art Prints
- Art Postcards
- Epic Posters
- HENI Limited Edition Print
- Art Prints: New Acquisitions
- Art Prints by Artist
- Art Prints by Colour
- Art Prints by Subject
- Art Prints by Century
- Art Prints by Origin
- Art Prints by Styles & Movements