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Diana and Actaeon

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

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1560-1565

Oil on canvas

47 3/4 × 64 3/4 inches (121.3 × 164.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 352, European Art 1500-1850, third floor (ARCO Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 225

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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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