Diana Presenting the Catch to Pan: Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens: Diana Presenting the Catch to Pan

Peter Paul Rubens paints in 1615 Diana Presenting the Catch to Pan is taking from Greek mythology. We see Diana, goddess of hunting, and Pan, god of woodlands and rustic music meeting as Diana, in red, presents the yield from her hunt, including birds, a deer, and a hare.

Rubens’s figures are typically muscular and voluptuous, and there is an undertone of eroticism as Diana is bare-breasted and Pan’s followers seem to show sexual interest in Diana’s attendants in the background – Pan himself was also associated by the Greeks with sexuality and fertility.

Peter Paul Rubens’s Diana Presenting the Catch to Pan is in the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade.

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