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Diana and Her Nymphs on the Hunt

Object Details

Title:

Diana and Her Nymphs on the Hunt

Artist/Maker:

Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 - 1640)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

1627–1628

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

71.PA.14

Dimensions:

237.5 × 183.8 cm (93 1/2 × 72 3/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Object Description

The robust figure of Diana strides into the foreground, swathed in a blood-red robe and clasping a spear behind her back. Much activity surrounds her: a dog jumps up at her side and a satyr tries to steal a kiss from one of her nymphs as another figure shouts behind him. The rhythmic composition, colors, and textures create a lifelike sensuousness, demonstrating the Flemish painter's mastery of Venetian color and his study of Roman art.

Peter Paul Rubens ran a prolific workshop and was able to meet the demand for his pictures by using assistants extensively. Images like this one were designed by Rubens, painted by the assistants, and given finishing touches by the master.

Provenance
Provenance
possibly 1630/1631 - 1655

Diego Mesía Felípez de Guzmán, marqués de Leganés, 1580 - 1655 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance to his son, Gaspar Dávila Mesía y Felípez de Guzmán, 1655.
Source: Leganés inventories of 1637, 1642 and 1655; JPGM, Paintings Department, curatorial files, Mary C. Volk correspondence, August 1, 1980; G. Martin in Rubens: Mythological Subjects. E. McGrath et al., eds. (2016), vol. 1, p. 324, no. 27b.

1655 - 1666

Gaspar Dávila Mesía y Felípez de Guzmán, second marqués de Leganés, died 1666 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance to his son, Diego Dávila Mesía y Guzmán, 1666.

1666 - 1711

Diego Dávila Mesía y Guzmán, third marqués de Leganés, 1648 - 1711 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance with the marquisate to António Gaspar Osorio de Moscoso y Aragón, 1711.
Source: G. Martin in Rubens: Mythological Subjects. E. McGrath et al., eds. (2016), vol. 1, p. 324, no. 27b; Pérez Preciado. “El marqués de Leganés.” PhD diss. (2010), vol. 1, pp. 889-99.

1711 - 1725

António Gaspar Osorio de Moscoso y Aragón, fourth marqués de Leganés, ninth Count of Altamira, 1689 - 1725 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance to his son, Ventura Antonio Osorio de Moscoso y Guzmán Dávila y Aragón, 1725.
Source: G. Martin in Rubens: Mythological Subjects. E. McGrath et al., eds. (2016), vol. 1, p. 324, no. 27b; Pérez Preciado. “El marqués de Leganés.” PhD diss. (2008), vol. 2, p. 171, no. 214.

1725 - 1746

Ventura Antonio Osorio de Moscoso y Guzmán Dávila y Aragón, fifth marqués de Leganés, tenth Count of Altamira, 1707 - 1746 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance to his son, Ventura Osorio de Moscoso y Fernández de Córdoba, 1746.
Source: Pérez Preciado. “El marqués de Leganés.” PhD diss. (2008), vol. 2, p. 895, appendix document 14 reproduces Inventario de los bienes de las Casas de la calle de San Bernardo, June 15, 1726.

1746 - 1776

Ventura Osorio de Moscoso y Fernández de Córdoba, sixth marqués de Leganés, eleventh Count of Altamira, 1731 - 1776 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance to his son, Vicente Joaquín Osorio de Moscoso y Guzmán, 1776.

1776 - 1816

Vicente Joaquín Osorio de Moscoso y Guzmán, seventh marqués de Leganés, twelfth Count of Altamira, Spanish, 1756 - 1816 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance to his son, Vicente Ferrer Isabel Pío Osorio de Moscoso y Álvarez de Toledo, 1776.

1816 - 1820

Vicente Ferrer Isabel Pío Osorio de Moscoso y Álvarez de Toledo, eighth marqués de Leganés, thirteenth Count of Altamira, 1777 - 1837 (Madrid, Spain), sold to José de Madrazo y Agudo, 1820.
Source: G. Martin in Rubens: Mythological Subjects. E. McGrath et al., eds. (2016), vol. 1, p. 324, no. 27b; Pérez Preciado. “El marqués de Leganés.” PhD diss. (2008), vol. 2, p. 171, no. 214.

1820 - 1859

José de Madrazo y Agudo, 1781 - 1859 (Madrid, Spain)
Source: Provenance Index, Collectors File: Leganés; JPGM, Paintings Department, curatorial files, Mary C. Volk correspondence, August 1, 1980, cites Catalogo de la Galeria de Cuadros (Madrid, 1856), no. 581.

1859 - 1861

Estate of José de Madrazo y Agudo, 1781 - 1859 (Madrid, Spain), sold to José de Salamanca y Mayol, 1861.
Source: G. Martin in Rubens: Mythological Subjects. E. McGrath et al., eds. (2016), vol. 1, p. 324, no. 27b; Pérez Preciado. “El marqués de Leganés.” PhD diss. (2010), vol. 1, pp. 899-904.

1861 - about 1870

José de Salamanca y Mayol, first marquis of Salamanca, 1811 - 1883 (Madrid, Spain), probably sold to his banker in Paris, a member of the Roblot family.

about 1870 - still in 1951

probably Roblot (possibly Paris, France), by inheritance within the Roblot family; sold through the estate to Jean Neger.
Source: G. Martin in Rubens: Mythological Subjects. E. McGrath et al., eds. (2016), vol. 1, p. 324, no. 27b; J. Neger (1960)

possibly 1951 - 1961

Mme Jean Néger (Paris, France), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1961.

1961 - 1971

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Le Siècles de Rubens (October 12 to December 12, 1965)
  • Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (Brussels), October 12 to December 12, 1965
The J. Paul Getty Collection (June 29 to September 3, 1972)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), June 29 to September 3, 1972
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