Diana and Calisto
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Diana and Calisto about 1640
Callisto raises her arm in horror as her companion nymphs reveal her pregnant form to the goddess Diana, on the left. Callisto had been seduced by Jupiter. As a result, Diana, goddess of the moon, hunting and chastity, banished her from her realm. The ample female figures are characteristic of Jordaens’s nudes. The drawing corresponds quite closely to a rectangular oil painting of the subject which Jordaens made in about 1640 (Private Collection).

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Mythological

Refers to figures and events from myths which are the ancient stories that usually explain the origins of historical or natural phenomena.

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Details

  • Acc. No. D 5505
  • Medium Pencil, black chalk, pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white on paper
  • Size Diameter: 10.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2000