[Diana bathing]Diane au Bain Tableau du Cabinet de Monseigneur Le Prince de Monaco Duc de Valentinois [...]
a Paris chez Desplaces [c.1700]
Engraving, platemark 325 x 385mm (12¾ x 15¼"). Small margins, slight loss bottom left in margin.
Diana, goddess of the hunt, bathing. As recounted in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', Actaeon saw her bathing (the implication here is that Diana has noticed him looking). As punishment she turned Actaeon into a stag and set his own hunting dogs to kill him. In the background on the left is a hunting scene which portends Actaeon's demise, while on the right is a temple with Diana's nymphs praying. Engraving, in reverse, of a 1684 painting (private collection, Sao Paulo) by Carlo Maratti (1625-1713). Maratti was the last major Italian artist in the classical tradition, executing many major commissions for altarpieces and mythological subjects.
[Ref: 40285] £260.00