Jean-François de Troy - Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing [1722-24] on Flickr.
In the Metamorphoses, the Roman poet Ovid described how nymphs bathed Diana, the goddess of the hunt, in a stream of clear water. Jean-François de Troy (Paris, 1679 - Rome, 1752) portrayed the moment after the bath when the nymphs are drying Diana’s body and refastening her tunic. To the left, a nymph attempts to shield Diana’s nudity from a lecherous satyr’s sight. De Troy’s choice of subject matter and the description of the women’s flesh, creamy white with a pink blush tint, give this painting an erotic charge. The satyr, watching the scene voyeuristically from the side, becomes a stand-in for the viewer. De Troy used a warm palette of autumnal and pastel colours to describe the surrounding foliage and sky. Layers of glazes intensify the glowing tones.
[Getty Centre, Los Angeles - Oil on canvas, 29.25 x 36.125 inches]