Landscape with Cephalus and Procris reunited by Diana

Procris was accidentally killed by her husband Cephalus. In one version of the story she was brought back to life by the goddess Diana. Here the goddess reconciles the couple and warns them of the dangers of jealousy and unfaithfulness.

The story comes from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' (Book VII) where Diana, goddess of hunting, gave the huntsman Cephalus a magic dog and spear. Ovid's story ends tragically with Cephalus accidentally killing Procris with the spear. The happy ending shown in this painting by Claude is unusual. However, Claude also made a (now lost) picture of the death of Procris.

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1604/5? - 1682
Full title
Landscape with Cephalus and Procris reunited by Diana
Date made
1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
101.5 x 132.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG2
Location in Gallery