Scene illustrating the story of the Golden Fleece by Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini)

The drawing shows Medea assisting Jason in removing the fleece from the branches of the tree, while the dragon that guarded the fleece sleeps from a potion administered by Medea.


Bistre on paper
40 x 53 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15 ( Total: £15)
Acquired in:

On the left stands Orpheus playing a viola, while behind him is the ship Argo. The temple is presumably that of Mars, since the legend related that the fleece was preserved in a grove dedicated to this god. The old man accompanying two of Jason's companions and directing them to the fleece is presumably a priest of the temple. Taken from N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999.

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