Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Landscape and Hunt Scenes: Projects for Philip IV
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Peter Paul Rubens
Diana and Nymphs Hunting Fallow Deer, ca. 1639
Oil on panel, 23.5 x 52.6 cm
Private Collection

Catalog Entry by Peter C. Sutton

The huntress Diana, wearing a purple-gray tunic and brandishing a spear, is given pride of place in the center of the composition beside a tree. She is accompanied by four nymphs and seven lunging brown and gray hunting dogs that pursue two does and a stag that have taken to water, as well as a fallow deer. The partially clad nymphs variously brandish a lance and a bow and arrow, while in the right foreground one wearing crimson drapery blows a hunting horn. The last nymph remains on shore, clinging to a tree trunk with one arm and reining in her leashed dogs with the other. Trees border the water and a landscape opens beyond on the left...

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