Mercury, in a winged cap, is playing a pipe to Argus, a grey-bearded old man in a dark dress who bends towards him, fascinated.

On the left appears the head of a white cow, the transformed Io, with dark sky above and light below, over a rocky horizon.


National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London, WC2N 5DN
020 7747 2885

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm) Closed 24 – 25 Dec and 1 Jan

Exhibitions at National Gallery

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