LEMONNIER, Anicet-Charles-Gabriel
(b. 1743, Rouen, d. 1824, Paris)

Apollo and Diana Attacking Niobe and her Children

1772
Oil on canvas, 141 x 112 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

The scene represents an episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which Apollo and Diana destroy the children of the arrogant and presumptuous Niobe with a rain of arrows, because she had declared herself superior to Leto, their own mother.

With this painting Lemonnier won the competition for the Prix de Rome in 1772 against Jacques-Louis David, who became bitterly disappointed and made a half-hearted attempt at suicide by starvation.