Francois Verwilt

1620 - 1691

Diana and Callisto

Price:

£ 18,000

Medium:

Oil on Panel

Category:

Mythological

Dimensions:

31(h) x 21.9(w) cms

Signed:

Signed and dated: 'V. Wilt. 1646'

Exhibitions:

Essay:

According to Hesiod, Callisto was a daughter of Lycaon, King of Arcadia. As a member of the cult of the goddess Diana, she had taken a vow of chastity, but was seduced by Zeus disguised as Diana. The resulting pregancy became obvious to Diana when she saw Callisto bathing and, furious, the goddess turned her into a bear. Callisto subsequently gave birth to a son, Arcas.