Attributed to Angelica Kauffman

Swiss (1740–1807)

Jupiter and Callisto

Oil on canvas

Gift of Herbert Weisinger in memory of his late wife, Mildred


The crescent in her hair is an attribute of Diana as Goddess of the Moon. The bow and arrows suggest her other role as Goddess of the Hunt. The figure in blue is not Diana, but Jupiter disguised as Diana. He is about to seduce Callisto, Diana’s favorite companion who belonged to the group of nymphs who followed the goddess.

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