Diana and Her Nymphs in a Landscape

Object Details

Title:

Diana and Her Nymphs in a Landscape

Artist/Maker(s):

Laurent de La Hyre (French, 1606 - 1656)

Culture:

French

Date:

1644

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

100 x 134.1 cm (39 3/8 x 52 13/16 in.)

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Diana and her nymphs rest and bathe after the hunt, their catch guarded by a loyal hound in an idealized landscape furnished with classical ruins. As in his many other landscapes, Laurent de La Hyre rendered a romantic view of a river valley, a poetic setting for a nostalgic theme. Drawing from the work of Nicolas Poussin, La Hyre employed a peaceful classical composition, an orderly recession into space framed by trees. To Poussin's antiquarian interests, La Hyre added Claude Lorrain's limpid light effects.

Philippe de La Hyre, Laurent's eldest son, summed up his father's academic approach: "His subjects were placed in a landscape or architectural setting, which he treated with perfection according to all the rules of perspective, of which he had made a special study. Thus his works were in demand, and he himself was held in high esteem."

In the late 1600s, the Gobelins manufactory wove the design of this painting, along with Glaucus and Scylla and four other mythological designs by La Hyre, into a tapestry series on the loves of the gods.

Provenance

Henry Payson (New York)

- 1952

Michel N. Benisovich, 1891 - 1963, sold to Wildenstein & Co., 1952.

1952 - 1971

Wildenstein & Company, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Exhibitions
Masterpieces of French Painting through Two and a Half Centuries (November 10 to December 31, 1961)
  • Cummer Gallery of Art, (Jacksonville), November 10 to December 31, 1961
French Landscape Painters from Four Centuries (October 20, 1965 to October 9, 1966) (Cat. 3)
  • Finch College Museum of Art, October 20, 1965 to October 9, 1966
Eighteenth Century French Paintings and Drawings from the Wildenstein Gallery, New York City (March 15 to April 30, 1966) (Cat. 6)
  • Purdue University Galleries, (West Lafayette), March 15 to April 30, 1966
The J. Paul Getty Collection (June 29 to September 3, 1972) (Cat. 34)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (Minneapolis), June 29 to September 3, 1972