LUNETTE 3 - Atteone trasformato in cervo "Actaeon transformed into a Stag"
after Francesco Salviati, c. 1560

Ovid, Metamorphoses 3: 274-252
Ovid describes in length how the young Prince Actaeon accidentally sees the goddess Diana when out hunting. It is one of the most common mythological subjects chosen by renaissance artists. Diana is in a grotto bathing with her nymphs. She transforms Actaeon into a stag as punishment for having glimpsed her divine nakedness. He stands with his dogs at his heels, and hands raised in astonishment as the goddess tries to cover her nudity.

Any information about the whereabouts of the lunettes can be directed to Raichel Le Goff of Trinity College, Oxford who is conducting research on the Palazzo. All information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. You can e-mail R. Le Goff or you can write to her at:
A.pt BARBERINI, 20 via dei Benci, Florence 50122 Italy. Telephone 055-242521

 Click on the links below to see the reproductions of the four lunettes and to read more about them

1. Le pieridi trasformate in cornacchie "The Pierids transformed into Crows"

2. Aracne sfida Minerva "Minerva challenged by Arachne"

3. Atteone trasformato in cervo "Actaeon transformed into a Stag"

4. Come Mida ebbe le orecchie d'asino "Midas with the ears of an Ass"

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