The Judgment of Midas

Granted anything he could wish for, King Midas desired that everything he touched be turned to gold. He soon realized his mistake, however, when even the food that he handled became inedible. Here the bearded god Dionysus, crowned with a wreath of vine leaves, allows the penitent Midas, who stands on the right, to wash away his powers in the River Pactolus. A with his pipes crouches at the god's feet, while cluster around. Hermann Weyer copied the of another artist's painting for this drawing, which Weyer made as an independent work. He used different types of strokes to build up the scene, from simple lines with sparse hatching on the figures to a complex layering of ink, wash, and on the foliage at the back. Sweeps of wash give form and volume to the bodies of the nymphs.

Pen and black ink, black, ochre, reddish and gray washes, with white gouache heightening (1616)

by Hermann Weyer (German, 1596-after 1621)

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