“Diana the Huntress,” (after Domenichino), Anonymous Italian Baroque artist, oil on canvas, c. 1675-1750.
Diana, sister of Apollo and Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, and chastity, appears here as if departing for the hunt with her bow and arrow and faithful dog. The ideal of feminine beauty, her costume, and jewelry, suggest this was painted in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century. The artist may have been inspired by Domenichino (1581-1641) who helped the Carracci brothers paint mythological scenes in the Farnese Palace in Rome. In the eighteenth century, aristocratic women sometimes had their portraits painted in the guise of the goddess Diana, wearing a moon brooch or carrying a bow.