Diana and her Nymphs surprised at their Bath, by Acteon, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 15
This celebrated painting . . . was long in the hands of the artist, having remained in his studio, in an unfinished condition, for seven years; when, stimulated by the offers and solicitations of its purchaser, it was finished, and came forth suddenly to take rank with the noblest compositions of modern art. . . . All offers did not avail to prevent it from being added to this present collection, where it has stood for several years, . . . to afford a study in coloring and delineation. . . . The subject is the familiar mythological story of Diana (Artemis) surprised at her bath by Acteon. The Goddess of the Chase, together with her attendant nymphs, is bathing in a secluded pool, in the forest of Boeotia, when the rustling of the branches discovers the hunter Acteon gazing upon the forbidden sight. . . . The artist has seized upon the moment of the imposition of the sentence. The intruder, very properly, is out of sight; for it were not possible to represent the metamorphosis. . . . The figure of the Goddess is . . . full of power and passion, . . . The nudity does not startle, . . . The observer should not overlook the landscape of this picture. The olives and the laurel are finely given--the water is almost living in its dimples and ripples, and the sky is thrown into effective background. [Pp. 13-14.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.