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The painting by Diana and Acteon came out from under the brush of the famous Italian artist Titian. It is part of a series of 7 paintings connected by a common mythological theme. Work on the canvas was completed in 1559, then it was transferred to Philip II of Spain.
The plot depicted in the picture is so beautiful and at the same time erotic that according to the customs of that time, the canvas was hung up if there were ladies in the room.
Of great interest is the journey of the picture around the world. From Spain it was transferred to France, where for a long time it was an adornment of the Louvre and Versailles.
After the French Revolution, Titian’s canvas came to England, where it remains today, being available for public viewing. For some time, the painting was part of the gallery's exhibition collection in Edinburgh.
The central place on the canvas is the bathing scene of the goddess-hunter Diana. The goddess sits on a bench covered with expensive cloth, a stream pours at her feet, a servant wipes her legs. The goddess is completely naked and therefore extremely beautiful.
At the stream she is not alone, she is surrounded by the same naked and relaxed gods. In the background are trees, antique columns, and a blue sky. From the rest of the world of the amusing gods, only a thin curtain separates, which is pushed aside by the powerful hand of a young man dressed in a kind of toga.
Behind the shoulders of a man a quiver of arrows, at his feet lies a bow that the hunter dropped from surprise at the sight of such a beautiful creature. This man is Acteon, a celebrated hunter who has broken more than one female heart.
Diana is indignant and frightened by the appearance of Actaeon, her black-skinned maid tries to cover the lady's sheet with her body, but everything has already happened and the hunter has to answer for the sacrilege committed by him.
No mortal has the right to see the gods in this form, his pride will be punished, but only connoisseurs of Roman mythology know about it, the viewer is available only this wonderful moment at which the artist managed to fit the charm of nudity, shame, anger, unexpected joy and admiration.