Diana and Her Dog

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Diana and Her Dog


Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, 1659 - 1734)




1717 - 1720


Oil on canvas


74 x 55.6 cm (29 1/8 x 21 7/8 in.)

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Rather than being engaged in a heroic mythological story, this Diana, goddess of the moon, simply rests languidly in a world of her own. Lost in thought as her greyhound nuzzles her arm, she has dropped off her garment and seems spent from a long day of hunting

Sebatiano Ricci characteristically employed this graceful, elongated figure type and lively brushwork, but the muted palette, modest dimensions, and reflective tone are unusual for him. Perhaps he restrained his normally bold colors here because he depicted Diana at dusk. This painting shows his transition to a more Rococo style of pastel colors and a lighter touch, leaving behind his earlier Baroque compositions with their dramatic gestures, bold colors, and serious subject matter.


Art Gallery (Leicester) (London, England)

- 1970

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, June 24, 1970, lot 3, to J. Paul Getty.]

1970 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by his estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

La Serenissima: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Art from North American Collections (September 9, 2010 to January 2, 2011) (Cat. 17)
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art, (Oklahoma City), September 9, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Sotheby's, London. Important Old Master Paintings. June 24, 1970 pp. 6-7, lot 3, ill.

Daniels, Jeffrey. Sebastiano Ricci (Hove: Wayland Publishers, 1976) p. 41, no. 117, fig. 101.

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Zuffi, Stefano. Amore ed erotismo (Milan: Electa, 2008) pp. 208-9, ill.

George, Hardy, et al. La Serenissima: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Art from North American Collections, exh. cat. (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 2010) p. 69, under no. 16, entry by Jon L. Seydl; pp. 70-71, 192, no. 17, ill., entry by Jon L. Seydl.

Zuffi, Stefano. Love and the Erotic in Art. Stephen Sartarelli, trans. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010) pp. 208-9, ill.