Diana and Her Nymphs on the Hunt

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Diana and Her Nymphs on the Hunt


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




1627 - 1628


Oil on canvas


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

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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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.

by 1642 - 1655

Diego Messía Felípez de Guzmán, marqués de Leganés, died 1655 (Madrid, Spain), by inheritance within the Felípez de Guzman family, 1655.
Source: Recorded in Leganés inventories of 1642 and 1655.

1655 - 1711

Felípez de Guzmán Family, by inheritance to Vicente Pío Osorio de Moscoso, 1711.
Source: Mary Crawford Volk correspondence (August 1, 1980).

1711 - early 19th century

Vicente Pío Osorio de Moscoso, count of Altamira (Madrid, Spain), sold to José de Madrazo y Agudo.

early 19th century - still in 1856

José de Madrazo y Agudo, 1781 - 1859 (Madrid, Spain)
Source: PI: Collectors File (under Leganes); M.C. Volk correspondence (August 1, 1980) cites Catálogo de la Galería de Cuadros, Madrid (1856) by Madrazo, no. 581.


duke of Salamanca

about 1870 - 1951

Roblot (possibly Paris, France)

- 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.

Le Siècles de Rubens (October 12 to December 12, 1965) (202)
  • 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) (Cat. 47)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis), June 29 to September 3, 1972

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De Guzman, Jose. Catologo de Galeria de Cuadros. (Madrid: 1856), p. 140, no. 581.

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