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Diana and Calisto

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Diana and Calisto About 1640

Not on display

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



  • Acc. No. D 5505
  • Medium Pen and black ink over black chalk, brown, ochre and grey watercolour, white bodycolour on paper (incised)
  • Size Diameter: 10.20 cm (laid down)
  • Credit Purchased 2000