(b. 1712, Bologna, d. 1784, St. Petersburg)
Diana and Endymionc. 1765
Oil on canvas, 42 x 30 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
The subject, Diana and Endymion, was a popular one. The story: Endymion, sent to sleep for ever by the command of Jupiter, in return for being granted perpetual youth, was visited nightly by the goddess Diana. The beautiful youth, Endymion, who fell into an eternal sleep, has captured the imagination of poets and artists as a symbol of the timelessness of beauty that is 'a joy forever'.