There are three titles available for the painting: The Death of Procris, A Satyr Mourning Over a Nymph and A mythological Subject. The main title of the painting stays confused as there is no specific and accepted conclusion about the subject of the scene. That’s why the National Gallery of London, current house of the painting, has just simply decided to call it “A Mythological subject”. The reason of the confusion is due the unclear base for the scene in history or in myths. The closest resemblance for the scene has been found by some historian is in the myth of Cephalus and Procris. The story is about a married couple in which the husband ends up killing her own wife with a magical javelin […]
Cephalus and Procris were in Greek mythology a young couple, newly married, whose love was destined to end in tragedy. The figures in the painting are probably by another hand most likely to be Alsloot’s principle collaborator, Henderick de Clerck.