About this artwork

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).

  • title:
    Diana and Calisto
  • accession number:
    D 5505
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  • materials:
    Pen and black ink over black chalk, brown, ochre and grey watercolour, white bodycolour on paper (incised)
  • date created:
    About 1640
  • measurements:
    Diameter: 10.20 cm (laid down)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2000

Jacob Jordaens

Jacob Jordaens