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Diana in the Bath

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1533

Artist:

Georg Pencz
German, c. 1500-1550

About this artwork

In this intimately scaled print Georg Pencz depicted the story of Diana and Actaeon from the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The hunter Actaeon stumbles upon Diana, Roman goddess of hunting and chastity, and her attendants bathing. Diana punishes Actaeon by splashing him with water from the pool, transforming him into a deer. In this version, Pencz showed Actaeon mid- transformation with a deer-like head and human body. In the background, between the heads of Diana and her attendant, you can see the fate of the doomed son of Aristaeus: he is chased down and ripped apart by his own hounds.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Georg Pencz

Title

Diana in the Bath

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1528–1538

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Sheet: 4.7 × 7.8 cm (1 7/8 × 3 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2315

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