Vermeer is best known for his small paintings of tranquil interiors with a few figures. But early on in his career, he painted a few larger biblical and mythological scenes, including this one.

The goddess Diana is taking a rest with her nymphs. She is the goddess of hunting and of the night, which explains the hound at her feet and the moon on her forehead. The dreamy atmosphere of the scene is typical of Vermeer’s work.


  • Title: Diana and her Nymphs
  • Creator: Johanes Vermeer
  • Date Created: c. 1653 - 1654
  • Physical Dimensions: h97.8 cm x w104.6 cm
  • Provenance: Dirksen Gallery, The Hague, before 1866 (sold to Goldsmid for fl175,-); Neville Davison Goldsmid, The Hague, 1866-1875; his widow, Eliza Garey, The Hague and Paris; sale Goldsmid, Paris, 4 May 1876, lot 68 (as by Nicolaes Maes); purchased by Victor de Stuers for 10,000 francs for the Dutch state; purchased, 1876.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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