KEUNINCK, Kerstiaen de
(b. 1560, Kortrijk, d. 1632/3, Antwerpen)
Landscape with Actaeon and Diana-
Oil on panel, 31 x 51 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp
The serenity and soberness of the landscape genre gave way in the work of the transitional figure Kerstiaen de Keuninck to action and drama. It is primarily the richly carved spring which catches the eye in his Landscape with Diana and Actaeon in which Actaeon comes across Diana while she is bathing. The fertile imagination, the fanciful rock formations and the clear separation between the different areas of the painting later gave way to greater unity.