Diana and Endymion by Francesco Solimena

Diana, in a blue dress, is seated on a bank of clouds gazing at the sleeping Endymion, who lies on a pink cloth, surrounded by his dogs and horses.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
178 x 230 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,000 ( Total: £9,000)
Acquired in:
1966
Vendor:
Colnaghi

Cupid, flying between them, is about to shoot an arrow into Diana's heart. The picture was probably painted fairly late in Solimena's career since the composition, particularly the pose of Endymion, is close in reverse to that of the Dream of St Martin in the Certosa di S. Martino, Naples, which was probably painted shortly before 1733.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

Entry details

Free to all

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