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