Diana and her Nymphs

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Diana and her Nymphs

Johannes Vermeer
c.c.1653 - 1654

406 - zaal 15

Vermeer is best known for his small paintings of tranquil interiors with a few figures. But early on in his career, he painted a few larger biblical and mythological scenes, including this one.

The goddess Diana is taking a rest with her nymphs. She is the goddess of hunting and of the night, which explains the hound at her feet and the moon on her forehead. The dreamy atmosphere of the scene is typical of Vermeer’s work.

oil on canvas
97.8 x 104.6 cm.
Acquisition 1876