Pair of fir boards, Venetian School of the seventeenth century, Latona gives birth to Apollo and Latona transforms the Lycian farmers into frogs, oil on fir boards.
Measures 48.5×60.4 cm.
The couple of fir boards has no frame.
Laton was the sister of Asteria, the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis had by Zeus.
Often approached to the original continent of the inhabitants of the Hyperborea, a Nordic people emigrated in different waves from the Arctic areas to Europe and Asia.
Hesiod tells that Zeus, fearing the ire and jealousy of his wife Hera, dismissed her shortly before she gave birth and that no one wanted to give her hospitality because she feared the retaliation of Hera. So Latona, pursued by the snake Python and wandering through the Aegean Sea found refuge at the Aegean island of Ortigia where Artemis and Apollo were born.
They later killed Python on Mount Parnassus to avenge the suffering inflicted on his mother.
Slightly different from the version provided by Igino according to which Orione, who took the defense in Latona, suffered the worst and died in a clash with Scorpio, against the goddess. The fact remains that, given birth to Apollo and Artemis, the latter asked Zeus for a sign of gratitude and so the constellation was established in such a way that when Scorpio rises, Orion sets.
In Delo there was a sanctuary dedicated to her where a bronze palm recalled the tree she had clung to when she gave birth to the twins and their birth was celebrated on the sixth and seventeenth day of Targelione.
The asteroids 68 Leto and 639 Latona take their name from this character.