(b. ca. 1547, Mantova, d. 1612, Roma)
Leto Giving Birth to Apollo and Diana on the Island of Delos1560s
Engraving, 407 x 560 mm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
This engraving was executed after a preparatory drawing for a painting of the same subject by Giulio Romano. The theme is taken from Ovid's Metamorphosis: Leto, a lover of Jupiter, is at rest after giving birth to the twins Apollo and Diana on the island of Delos where she sought refuge to escape from Juno's jealousy.
The engraving is signed lower left: DIANA.