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ITALIAN SCHOOL. 00 F. LAURI. ****PRIVATE COLLECTION.
DIANA AND ACTÆON.
The same subject has already been given, treated by Le Sueur, under n°. 593; and by Albani, no. 722. In the present one the painter Filippo Lauri, a contemporary of both the former artists, has introduced a most pleasing and varied charm.
It would be difficult to determine which ought to have the preference, the figures or the landscape. If correctness and elegance predominate in the former, nature and beauty are no less remarkable in the latter. The two groups of nymphs, forming Diana's retinue, are connected by the cascade, which gives a delightful action to that part. The figures are painted in a charming manner; the colouring is of the utmost delicacy. The landscape is distinguished by its apparent fidelity; the trees are skilfully painted: the dogs also are nicely touched off. The masses of light are broad and well disposed, and the whole composition is illumined by a glowing and brilliant sun.
This picture, in 1764, belonged to Thomas, Bishop of Bristol, and was at that period engraved by the famous William Woollett.
Width 19 inches; height 13 inches.