Selene and Endymion, Gerard de Lairesse, c. 1680

Selene and Endymion, Gerard de Lairesse, c. 1680

oil on canvas, h 177cm × w 118.5cm. More details

The chaste goddess of the moon, Selene (or Diana), is in love with the shepherd Endymion. Only at night when he is asleep does she quietly creep down to him, accompanied by Cupid, whose torch symbolizes burning love. This painting was (appropriately) hung in Mary Stuart’s bedchamber in Soestdijk Palace, for Lairesse felt that the function and decoration of a room should correspond.

On display in room 2.22 Gerard de Lairesse Mythological stories Classicism Myths and symbols Artemis/Diana

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