Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing

Jean-François de Troy (French, 1679 - 1752)1722 - 1724

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In the Metamorphoses, the Roman poet Ovid described how nymphs bathed Diana, the goddess of the hunt, in a stream of clear water. Jean-François de Troy portrayed the moment after the bath when the nymphs are drying Diana's body and refastening her tunic. To the left, a nymph attempts to shield Diana's nudity from a lecherous satyr's sight. De Troy's choice of subject matter and the description of the women's flesh--creamy white with a pink blush tint--give this painting an erotic charge. The satyr, watching the scene voyeuristically from the side, becomes a stand-in for the viewer. De Troy used a warm palette of autumnal and pastel colors to describe the surrounding foliage and sky. Layers of glazes intensify the glowing tones.

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