A horse surprised by a swan in a landscape: a scene from Ovid's Metamorphoses

A study for the tapestry Ocyrhoe transformed into a mare which Oudry designed as part of a series based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, and which was woven in 1734 in the tapestry factory at Beauvais. The tapestries are now lost.

The subject, from Ovid's Metamorphoses, recounts the story of Chiron's daughter transformed into a mare scared by Cygnus himself transformed into a swan. To the right is the tomb of Phaeton, and the three sisters of the latter transformed into trees.

H. Opperman, 'Observations on the tapestry designs of J.-B. Oudry for Beauvais (1726-1736)', Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, XXVI, no. 2, 1969, pp. 66-7, illus.

A. Dobrzycka, 'Jean-Baptiste Oudry: scena mitologiczna u grobu Faetona', Studia muzealne, Poznan, 10, 1974, fig. 2.

H. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, New York and London, 1977, II, D. 154.

H. Opperman, in Jean-Baptiste Oudry, exhib. cat., Paris, Grand Palais, 1982-3, p. 154, fig. 73b.

P.-F. Bertrand, 'Les sujets de la tenture des Métamorphoses en animaux d'Oudry', Bulletin de la Societé de l'Histoire de l'Art français, 1991, pp. 97, 105, note 18.

with Adrian Merz, Ambleside, cat., 11-24 June 1960, no. 32.

Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 11 March 1964, lot 241.

with Schaeffer Galleries, New York, 1965.

Christian Humann; Sotheby's, New York, 30 April 1982, lot 45.

About Jean-Baptiste Oudry

French, 1686-1755, Paris, France, based in Beauvais, France

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