The Origin of the Milky Way

Oil on canvas | 149.4 x 168cm | c. 1575

Jacopo Tintoretto

The god Jupiter wished to immortalise his infant son Hercules, whose mother was the mortal Alcmene, so he held him to the breast of his sleeping wife, the goddess Juno, to drink her milk. However, Juno woke. The milk which spurted upwards formed the ...
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