The, Diana And Actaeon With Pan And Syrinx By Valerio Castello

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In the Norton Art Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida, there is a beautiful painting called “Diana and Actaeon with Pan and Syrinx” by Valerio Castello. Valerio Castello was an Italian painter of the Baroque period. He was born in 1624 and died in 1659. His interest in painting grew and he began his apprenticeship with Domenico Fiasella. From there he travelled around a lot and painted many art works like “Rape of the Sabines,” and “Consolation of Saint Francis,” along with “Diana and Actaeon with Pan and Syrinx.” His works influenced the style and painting of many other artist like Domenico Piola and his pupils Bartolomeo Biscaino, Giovanni Paolo Cervetto, and Stefano Magnasco ("Valerio Castello”). In Castello’s painting “Diana and Actaeon with Pan and Syrinx,” the contextual story behind the figures is very important in understanding the work. Castello also uses other elements and principles of art like color and line.
In the original Greek mythology, Diana, or Artemis, was a beautifully virgin goddess. She was bathing in the woods naked when the skillful hunter Actaeon stumbled upon her bathing. Artemis was furious that he stared at her and turned him into a stag, a deer, and he ran away. As he ran his dogs that were hunting with him chased him down thinking he was pry and tore him to pieces (Wilson). In Valerio Castello’s painting of “Diana and Actaeon with Pan and Syrinx” the context of that story is very useful in understanding this painting. Another Greek mythological…

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