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Dirck Van Delen - A scene of gallantry in a palace
David Teniers the Younger - Smokers
Jan Steen - The Little Alms Collector
 Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain - Landscape with the Port of Santa Marinella
Petrus Paulus Rubens - The Abduction of Proserpina
Adriaen Van Ostade - The Analysis
Jacob Jordaens - Diana Resting
 Rembrandt - Self-portrait in Oriental Attire
Meindert Hobbema - The Water Mills
Nicolas de Largillierre - Red-legged partridge in a niche
Henri Mauperché - Composite Landscape
Frans Van Mieris, known as Mieris the Elder - The interrupted song
Nicolas Poussin - The Massacre of the Innocents
Abraham de Vries - Portrait of a man

Diana Resting

Antwerp, 1593 - Antwerp, 1678
Circa 1640-1650
Oil on canvas
123 x 159 cm

Cézanne, who once said, “It is grotesque to imagine that we grow like a fungus, when we have all the generations behind us. Why not take advantage of all this work, why neglect this impressive contribution?”, first discovered this painting through the engraving, and found in it a source of inspiration for some of his pictures of bathers, a copy of which is owned by the Petit Palais.

With its exuberant joy and delight in young flesh, it is a superb example of the artist's Rubensian phase, when, much to our pleasure today, he revelled in the art of painting.

This canvas, owned by a number of very important collectors in the course of the 19th century, is notably different in content from traditional evocations of this scene inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses. Jordaens has transformed his theme into an illustration of the fecundity of the earth, or an allegory of abundance.
There is another version of this painting at the Louvre Museum.

M. A. P.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PDUT00946
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 30
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