Diana and Cupid 1761 by Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome)

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Diana and Cupid 1761 
by Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome)
Oil on canvas , 124,5 x 172,7cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The picture was painted for Sir Humphrey Morice (1723–1785), son of a wealthy merchant and director of the Bank of England. Morice was a great animal lover and commissioned from Batoni a portrait of himself reclining in the Roman countryside after the hunt as a pendant to this picture, which shows the goddess of the hunt withholding the bow from Cupid. The picture was considered the finest Batoni had ever painted. The figure of Diana is based on the celebrated ancient statue of the sleeping Ariadne in the Vatican, which Batoni has invested with extraordinary warmth and feeling.
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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