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Diana, Apollo and Nymphs

Tiepolo depicts Diana, the Greek goddess of the hunt and the moon, alongside her brother, Apollo, the god of the sun. Both figures are identifiable through the symbols and objects Tiepolo has depicted them with – Diana is surrounded by deer and hunting dogs, just above her head is a small crescent moon on its side, and Apollo holds a stringed musical instrument called a lyre. 

This painting is thought to be a modello (a painted sketch), for a ceiling fresco at the Villa Cornaro in Merlengo, a village in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. This modello would have been shown to the patron, a member of the Cornaro family, before Tiepolo started work on the ceiling.  

Currently on display

Artist
Giambattista Tiepolo
Date
c. 1750
Location
Gallery 2
Dimensions
66.3 x 33 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG186