Diana and Actaeon (Diana Surprised in Her Bath)  1836

by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

From its imposing size to its refined execution, this painting is elegant testimony to Corot’s ingenuity: the landscape appears surprisingly natural, yet it is painstakingly composed. The narrative, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, recounts the fate of a young hunter Actaeon as he encounters the naked figure of the goddess Diana and her nymphs enjoying a woodland bath. Diana, in...
61 5/8 x 44 3/8 in. (156.5 x 112.7 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art