Unknown artist (Netherlandish or German)
'Diana and Neptune'
Wash and bodycolour
Museum no. CAI 364
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
The bold contrast of light and shade ('chiaroscuro') and high finish achieved with brush and bodycolour are characteristic of late 16th century northern drawings. The title comes from an old inscription but does little to explain the scene. Diana, with a crescent moon in her hair, appears to spurn a bearded suitor, while Cupid symbolically breaks his bow.