Ovid described how Actaeon accidentally came upon Diana naked, while out hunting and was changed by her into a stag and killed by his own hounds.

The treatment of the landscape, which was always greatly admired, is of a freedom which was not fully achieved again until the 19th century. Purchased after a successful public appeal by the gallery.


Painted for Phillip II of Spain, but not know if it ever reached the King; Archduke Leopold William, Brussels; Queen Christina of Sweden; Dukes of Orleans, Paris; Sir Abraham Hume; the Earls of Brownlow; the Earls of Harewood; Christie's; J.Paul Gett

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London, WC2N 5DN
020 7747 2885

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm) Closed 24 – 25 Dec and 1 Jan

Exhibitions at National Gallery

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