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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (possibly, drawn)
    Germany (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580-1590 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wash and bodycolour

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case IONIDES, shelf 5, box A

The bold chiaroscuro and high finish achieved with brush and body-colour in this drawing are often found in the work of Northern artists of last quarter of the sixteenth century. The exact mythological subject of the composition, given in an old inscription, is also enigmatic. From the attributes of the crescent moon in her hair and her huntress's bow we may recognise the goddess Diana. Vowed to celibacy, she appears to spurn a suitor, whilst Cupid symbolically breaks his bow.

Physical description

Mythological scene of Diana seeming to rebuff a suitor by the side of a river, executed in white bodycolour over a dark brownish background.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (possibly, drawn)
Germany (possibly, drawn)


ca. 1580-1590 (drawn)



Materials and Techniques

Wash and bodycolour


Height: 21.6 cm, Width: 15.3 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by C.A. Ionides, 1900

Descriptive line

Anonymous German or Netherlandish drawing of the late 16th century executed in white bodycolour over a dark brownish ground. The subject is Diana seeming to spurn a suitor, while Cupid symbolically breaks his bow.

Production Note

Probably Netherlandish or German


Wash; Bodycolour


Painted; Drawn

Subjects depicted

River goddess; Suitors; Rejection


Drawings; Myths & Legends


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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