The so-called Jason is a subject executed in bronze in the fourth century BC, usually attributed to Lysippos. It is known today in three Roman marble copies (in the Louvre, Paris, the Glyptothek, Munich and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen); it was identified as portraying Jason by J.J. Winckelmann (1717–1768), but also as Hermes (Mercury) and as an unnamed athlete. The motif of the hero tying his sandal is thought to allude to Jason’s losing his sandal while crossing a river in his search for the Golden Fleece. Turner took up the story in a painting, Jason, which he sent to the Royal Academy in 1802 (Tate N00471).1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.18 no.10, pl.15.
The slightly irregular sheet is stained and torn in three places.
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