Diana and Cupid

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Diana and Cupid


Diana, Cupid


The picture, by the greatest artist of eighteenth-century Rome, was painted for Sir Humphrey Morice (1723–1785), son of a wealthy merchant and director of the Bank of England. Morice was a great animal lover and in 1762 commissioned from Batoni a portrait of himself reclining in the Roman countryside after the hunt as a pendant to this picture, which shows the goddess of the hunt witholding the bow from Cupid. The picture was considered the finest Batoni had ever painted. The figure of Diana is based on the celebrated ancient statue of the sleeping Ariadne in the Vatican, which Batoni has invested with extraordinary warmth and feeling.


Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome)



Date Available



Purchase, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation Inc., Mrs. Haebler Frantz, April R. Axton, L. H. P. Klotz, and David Mortimer Gifts; and Gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, George Blumenthal, and J. Pierpont Morgan, Bequests of Millie Bruhl Fredrick and Mary Clark Thompson, and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1982
Sir Humphry Morice, The Grove, Chiswick (1762–86; purchased from the artist for 300 zecchini; sold entire collection for £4000 to Ashburnham); John, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham, Ashburnham Place, Westminster (1786–d. 1812; inv., 1793, p. 5); his son, George, 3rd Earl of Ashburnham, Ashburnham Place (1812–24; sale, Christie's, London, June 18, 1824, no. 121, as "Venus threatening to break Cupid's bow, in a landscape," for 50 gns. to Dixie); Estate of Miss M. G. Witten (until 1933; sale, Christie's, London, March 31, 1933, no. 110, as "Diana with Cupid's Bow," for 195 gns. to Williams and Sutch); private collection, London (1933–82; sale, Christie's, London, July 9, 1982, no. 70, for £140,400 to Colnaghi); [Colnaghi, New York, 1982; sold to MMA]

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

49 x 68 in. (124.5 x 172.7 cm)



Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome) , “Diana and Cupid,” Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art, accessed December 6, 2021, http://mappingmythology.com/items/show/61.