The Hunt of Diana (?) (recto); Two Studies of a Pair of Reclining River-Gods (?), a Sarcophagus Front (?) (verso)

Object Details

Title:

The Hunt of Diana (?) (recto); Two Studies of a Pair of Reclining River-Gods (?), a Sarcophagus Front (?) (verso)

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, Central Italian School
perhaps Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, about 1480 - about 1534)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1510

Medium:

Pen and brown ink with light brown wash

Object Number:

92.GA.31

Dimensions:

34.6 × 24.3 cm (13 5/8 × 9 9/16 in.)

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This receding composition shows an artist carefully combining landscape and figures and maintaining points of interest even in the distance. The unknown draftsman used hatching and cross-hatching to create form, shadow, and movement, showing his concern with arranging light and shadow. Through the sketchy, expressive pen work in the background, he achieved an effect of spontaneity.

Scholars have tentatively identified the scene as the Hunt of Diana. The woman in profile at the lower left, wearing a wreath on her head and holding a bow, is probably Diana, and the nearly hidden figure with horns or antlers watching the nymphs bathing in the pool above her may be Actaeon. The awkward trimming of figures on both the right and the left indicates that the sheet was originally larger.

On the verso, the two faintly drawn pairs of reclining male figures recall studies for the river gods that Michelangelo had intended to place at the base of a tomb in the Medici Chapel in Florence. The other lightly drawn study may be an antique Roman sarcophagus front.

Exhibitions
The Power of Myth: European Mythological Drawings of the 15th through the 19th Century (October 12 to December 26, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 12 to December 26, 1993
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014