Diana and Actaeon

Georg Pecham German

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This drawing depicts the ancient Greco-Roman myth in which the hunter Actaeon stumbles upon the goddess Diana’s secret grove and sees her bathing with her nymphs. In anger, Diana transforms the mortal man into a stag so that he will be killed by his own hunting dogs. Pecham situates the characters amidst overgrown ruins, concentrating his attention on the way light filters through the tall, leafy trees and casts delicate shadows on the figures’ fleshy bodies.

Diana and Actaeon, Georg Pecham (German, Munich ca. 1568–1604 Munich), Pen and black ink and brown and blue wash over traces of black chalk

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