Not an easy story to paint, Ovid’s clear account has been largely ignored. Because it is now too absurd to show?
Some stories sound plausible, but are problematic when you try to paint or photograph them. Here’s a good example, with attempted solutions by Reni, Rubens, Moreau, and others.
An unusual classical god in very peculiar circumstances: what took the goddess of love to the doctor?
Several have had a go at telling this story – Titian, Kauffman, Ricci, Delacroix, and Denis. Do their paintings work, though?