Antonio da Correggio: "Jupiter and Io" (1532).
The painting depicts Jupiter in the form of a cloud as he steals a kiss from the beautiful river nymph Io.
Click on image for full size
Kunsthistorishes Museum, Vienna
Io was a beautiful priestess of the Greek goddess, Hera. Hera was the jealous wife of
, the king of the gods. Zeus was indeed very unfaithful. When Zeus fell in love
with Io, he transformed himself into the shape of a dark cloud to hide himself from
his jealous wife Hera.
Hera saw the cloud and knew it was her husband. As soon as Hera came near, Zeus turned Io into a white cow to avoid his wife. But Hera tied the poor cow and sent her faithful servant Argus to watch over Io. Argus had a hundred eyes and only a few were ever closed at
any time. To free Io, Zeus sent his son Mercury to sing and tell boring stories to
make Argus sleep with all his eyes. Mercury then set Io free.
The Jovian moon Io was named for the mythological
character Io by Johannes Kepler and Simon Marius. And finally, when Voyager 1 passed Io
in March 1979 and imaged the surface, the image clearly showed the hoof print of a
You might also be interested in:
Unexpected discoveries made by the two Voyager spacecrafts during their visits to the four largest planets in our solar system have changed the field of space science. Voyager 2 was launched on Aug. 2...more
Callisto was a river goddess. Her great grandfather was the river god Inachus. Callisto was the favorite companion of the goddess Diana. She accompanied Diana on the hunt and helped her and looked after...more
One day the god Jupiter saw the beautiful Callisto and fell in love with her. Knowing that Diana had warned Callisto about men and gods, Jupiter pretended he was the goddess Diana. In this disguise, Jupiter...more
Some time after Callisto had been forced out of the company of Diana, she gave birth to a boy child named Arcas. Jupiter's wife Juno was mad and changed Callisto into a bear. Callisto was afraid and she...more
Europa was a beautiful princess. According to Greek mythology, Europa was seduced by Zeus, the king of the gods. Zeus fell in love with Europa after seeing her gathering flowers by the sea. Zeus changed...more
In Greek mythology, Apollo was the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Leto (Letona). His twin sister is Artemis (Diana). He was the god of the Sun, and was also a fine musician and healer. He was known as the god...more
Venus was the goddess of love and beauty. To the perfection of her figure and the purity of her features she added an innocent grace. On her sweet face she always wore a smile. ...more