Diana and Actaeon

Unknown artistturn of 17th/18th c.

The Wilanów Palace Museum

The Wilanów Palace Museum
Warsaw, Poland

The scene shows Acteon, who by chance glimpsed naked Diana, taking a bath. Offended goddess turned him to a stag. He is shown in the picture at the moment when he realizes that his body begins to change, and horns begin to grow on his head. Dramatic gestures express his inquietude. The nymphs in Diana's train do not hide their anger and fear, caused by the impudence of a mortal; Diana on the other hand looks embarrased, bends her head and casts down her eyes.


  • Title: Diana and Actaeon
  • Creator: Unknown artist
  • Date Created: turn of 17th/18th c.
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Physical Dimensions: w860 x h670 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Wilanów Palace Museum, Photo: Z. Reszka

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