Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing

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Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing


Jean-François de Troy (French, 1679 - 1752)




Paris, France (Place created)


1722 - 1724


Oil on canvas


74.3 x 92.1 cm (29 1/4 x 36 1/4 in.)

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In the Metamorphoses, the Roman poet Ovid described how nymphs bathed Diana, the goddess of the hunt, in a stream of clear water. Jean-François de Troy portrayed the moment after the bath when the nymphs are drying Diana's body and refastening her tunic. To the left, a nymph attempts to shield Diana's nudity from a lecherous river god's sight. De Troy's choice of subject matter and the description of the women's flesh--creamy white with a pink blush tint--give this painting an erotic charge. The river god, watching the scene voyeuristically from the side, becomes a stand-in for the viewer.

De Troy used a warm palette of autumnal and pastel colors to describe the surrounding foliage and sky. Layers of glazes intensify the glowing tones.

- 1882

possibly Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley, 1808 - 1882 (Paris, France) [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Commisaire-priseur, Paul Chevallier, Paris, May 24, 1883, lot 56, to Remer.]

1883 -

possibly Remer

- 1899

Gustave Mühlbacher [sold, Mühlbacher sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 15, 1899, lot 38 for 2,900 francs (with lot 39).]

- 1983

Private Collection [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Commissaire-priseur, Christian Delorme, Paris, June 15, 1983, lot 9, to Galerie Pardo.]

1983 - 1984

Galerie Pardo (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

The Loves of the Gods: French Painting From Watteau to David (October 15, 1991 to August 2, 1992) (Cat. 18)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), October 15, 1991 to January 23, 1992
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia), February 20 to April 26, 1992
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), May 23 to August 2, 1992
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (Ex cat.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Tableaux anciens, belle décoration du temps de Louis XVI dont la vente aura lieu par suite de decès. May 25, 1883 p. 14, lot 56.

Galerie Georges Petit, Paris. Catalogue des tableaux, dessins, gouaches, aquarelles, pastels de l'école française du XVIIIe siècle. May 16-18, 1899 p. 32, lot 38.

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Tableaux anciens par Diziani, van der Laanen, Ribera, de Troy [...]. June 15, 1983 unpaginated, lot 9, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B. "Recent Acquisitions of Paintings: The J. Paul Getty Museum." The Burlington Magazine 127, no. 985 (April 1985) p. 266.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985) p. 210, no. 139a, ill.

Bordeaux, Jean-Luc. "Jean-François de Troy--Still an Artistic Enigma: Some Observations on His Early Works." Artibus et historiae, no. 20 (1989) pp. 143, 145, 151, 168, n. 4, ill.

Bailey, Colin B., et al. The Loves of the Gods: Mythological Painting from Watteau to David, exh. cat. Colin B. Bailey, ed. (Fort Worth: Kimbell Art Museum, 1992) pp. 210-11, 213-15, no. 18, ill.

Bailey, Colin B. et al. Les Amours des Dieux, exh. cat. Colin B. Bailey, ed. Christine Piot et al., trans. (Paris: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, 1992) pp. 114-15, 117-19, no.17.

Bailey, Colin B. "'Mythologie galante ou 'l'art ingénieux': les récits cachés dans la peinture mythologique en France au XVIIIe siècle." In A travers l'image: lecture iconographique [...] actes du séminaire CNRS, Paris, 1991 (Paris: Klincksieck, 1994) pp. 155, 165, ill.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 126, ill.

Leribault, Christophe. Jean-Francois de Troy (1679-1752) (Paris: Arthena, 2002) pp. 241, 248-49, 250, no. P.82, ill.

Holmes, Mary Tavener. Nicolas Lancret: Dance Before a Fountain (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006) p. 51, ill.

Wall, Anthony. "Curiosity Printed on Several Faces, Including Diderot's." Diderot Studies III (2007) p. 254, n. 9.