Diana and Actaeon
Paolo Veronese (Paolo di Gabriele Caliari), Italian (active Verona, Venice, and environs) 1528 - 1588
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In 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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