The Punishment of the Arrogant Niobe by Diana and Apollo

Artist: Pierre Charles Jombert (French, Paris 1748–1825)

Date: ca. 1772

Medium: Oil paint on canvas, mounted on board

Dimensions: 14 1/16 x 11 1/16 in. (35.7 x 28.1 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Van Day Truex Fund, 1983

Accession Number: 1983.426


This lushly painted, highly colored study is for Jombert’s canvas (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris) depicting the Greek mythological figure Niobe, who boasted with such hubris of her great fortune to be the mother of seven daughters and seven sons that it compelled the deities Diana and Apollo to assail her children with arrows. The sketch and the painting won Jombert first prize at the prix de Rome in 1772, for which he was awarded three years of study in Rome. Although he was considered an extremely promising student, little is known of Jombert after his return to France in 1776.