Diana the Huntress

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Title

Diana the Huntress

Description

This picture is based on an engraving of Diana by Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio of 1526 after a design by Rosso Fiorentino, from the series "Gods in Niches." A second inspiration is the two versions of Leda and the Swan (both lost) by Leonardo da Vinci.

A copy after this picture was sold at Sotheby's Arcade Auctions, London, July 16, 1992, no. 210, and later at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 30, 1993, no. 106, as French school, nineteenth century.

Abstract

Giampietrino was among the most faithful pupils of Leonardo da Vinci, who worked in Milan between 1482 and 1499 and again between 1506 and 1513. This picture, which shows the goddess of the hunt drawing an arrow to shoot the stag behind her, derives from Leonardo's studies for his celebrated painting of "Leda and the Swan" (destroyed in the seventeenth century but known through copies). From that source Giampietrino has taken over the accentuated contrapposto stance and the soft lighting. This is one of the earliest images to isolate Diana from a narrative context.

Creator

Giampietrino (Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli), Italian, Milanese, active by about 1495, died 1549

Source

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Richardson Gift, 1989 (1989.21)

Date

1495-01-01/1495-12-31

Provenance

Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Richardson Gift, 1989
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Gustave Mailand, Paris (until 1881; his estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 2–3, 1881, no. 119, as by Andrea Solario, for Fr 4,100 to Monsieur Chaudron de Courcelles); sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 20, 1987, no. 16, as by Giampietrino, for $248,483 to Corsini; [Piero Corsini, New York, 1987–89; sold to MMA]

Rights Holder

Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Painting
Oil on wood

Physical Dimensions

44 7/8 x 23 1/4 in. (114 x 59.1 cm)

Files

Citation

Giampietrino (Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli), Italian, Milanese, active by about 1495, died 1549, “Diana the Huntress,” Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art, accessed October 16, 2018, http://mappingmythology.com/items/show/51.