European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Diana and ActaeonMade in Venice, Italy, Europe
Paolo Veronese (Paolo di Gabriele Caliari), Italian (active Verona, Venice, and environs) 1528 - 1588
Oil on canvas
Cat. 225John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelIn classical mythology, the hunter Actaeon accidentally interrupted the goddess Diana bathing. Having forbidden all men to look upon her nudity, the virgin goddess was enraged and transformed him into a stag. This painting shows Actaeon's transformation beginning in the foreground. In the distance the end of the story is shown: he is devoured by his own hounds. Veronese was known for his sensuous depictions of classical subjects.
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