Ertz argues strongly that this is a second-rate work ("mittelmassigen Qualitat"), the product of Jan the Younger and Rubens's studio. Nobody else has agreed with him on this. If he were right, the painting would be much later than all other scholars date it, by at least a decade. According to Mulders, the painting was done for Albrecht and Isabella, and the composition was initiated by Rubens with Brueghel doing his parts afterwards.
Theme is from Ovid, Metamorphoses, VIII. Ch. V, 545-76 and IX, 89-92.
Copy sold at Fischer Gallery, Lucerne, August 26-September 3, 1938 (canvas, 121 x 164 cm).