Cephalus and Procris Before Diana (Céfalo y Procris Ante Diana)

Luca Giordanoc.1695

Museo de Zaragoza

Museo de Zaragoza
Zaragoza, Spain

Painting based on the unhappy tale of love that appears in Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book VII (835–841). It depicts the wretched love endured by the Athenian Cephalus, who was married to the beautiful Procris, and how the goddess Diana—who had fallen for the young man—jeopardized the pair's happiness.
Giordano uses one of his typical styles, with expressive gestures, deeply folded fabrics, musculature indicating volume and corporeality, and monumental architecture. The diagonal lighting only increases the drama of the moment represented.


  • Title: Cephalus and Procris Before Diana (Céfalo y Procris Ante Diana)
  • Creator: Luca Giordano
  • Date: c.1695
  • Physical Dimensions: 204 x 184,5 cm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Photograph: José Garrido Lapeña
  • Cultural context: European Baroque

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