CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)
Apollo and Dianac. 1530
Oil and tempera on wood, 45 x 31 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
This panel is a variant of an earlier painting now in the Royal Collection, London. It treats the same subject with some compositional differences in smaller format. The pose of Diana appears to refer to the ancient motif of the Spinario or thorn-puller which was well-known through the Middle Ages and is to be found in many different places.