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Diana and Endymion

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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In Greek myth, Selene, goddess of the moon, loved Endymion, whom she kissed in his eternal sleep. Diana, the chaste goddess of the hunt in Roman myth, was also identified with the moon and her attribute of the crescent moon is visible here. Traditionally attributed to Francesco Albani, this fragment, no doubt once forming part of a decorative ensemble, may be from c.1730–1740 by a Bolognese artist close to Donato Creti or to Ercole Graziani.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Date

    c. 1730–1740

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    16 x 25 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Presented by Chambers Hall, 1855

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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