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Actaeon, semi-clothed, appears from the right. In the mythological story told in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', Diana, the virgin goddess of the hunt, is accidentally discovered naked in her secret bathing place. She enacts revenge by transforming Actaeon into a stag and he is killed by his own dogs. Here, Diana is more clothed than Actaeon. Her pose actually echoes that of Actaeon in Titian's famous painting of the same subject, which was exhibited around the time this painting was made.
oil on canvas
H 211 x W 144.5 cm
gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946