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Diana and ActeonConfused... didn't the hounds tear him to pieces?

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#16 doug


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:22 PM

Thanks, rg. I'll have a look at Beaumont.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:30 AM

Could Diana and Acteon pas may be a mix up or remix derived from Entretiens de Diane et d'Apollon of Madame de Valentinois (Diane de Poitiers) from 1654? There are 29 or so scenes probably from Ovid involving nymphs and satyrs, several with Daphne and Apollo, Apollo and Hyacinth, Ganymede, Bacchus, and Marsyas – whose "beautiful hands" are released from his handcuffs by Diana's nymphs and for whom he does a playful dance. Acteon is not so lucky –



XXVIII entrée. Actéon avec ses chiens va sans dessein à la chasse, son malheur le conduit du costé où Diane se baignoit, il ose la regarder trop fixement en cet estat la de nudité, ce pourquoy elle le transforme en cerf pour punition de sa témérité, ses chiens ne le conoissant plus, le déchirent à belles dents.


M. de Chanferré, ayde Major : Actéon.

Sieur de Saint-Maurice, Ferry, Rostagny et de Casanove : Chiens


Acteon goes hunting with his dogs without much of a plan in mind. His bad luck leads him to a small woodland shore where Diane is taking her bath. He dares to watch her in a state of nudity a little too intently, and as a punishment for his temerity, she transforms him into a stag. His dogs no longer recognize him and tear him to pieces with their beautiful teeth.


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But there's no Endymion in Entretiens – and usually he's associated with Selene the moon goddess rather than Artemis/Diana. The story of King Candaules in Herodotus also involved a forbidden gaze.


The Duchesse de Valentinois played Diana (12 February 1654, Monaco)  and seems not to have been shy about being painted nude.


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