Joseph Mallord William Turner The Death of Actaeon, with a Distant View of Montjovet, Val d’Aosta c.1837

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Title
The Death of Actaeon, with a Distant View of Montjovet, Val d’Aosta
Date c.1837
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1492 x 1111 mm
frame: 1911 x 1535 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
A00909
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Late Turner

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The blurred figures and animals in the foreground of this painting are borrowed and reworked from Titian’s late painting The Death of Actaeon. Having intruded on the sacred grove inhabited by Diana and her naked nymphs, the huntsman Actaeon is punished by being torn to pieces by his own hounds.

Turner sets the action in Italy’s Val d’Aosta, which he had visited in 1836. Unusually, on that occasion he travelled with a companion, the Scottish land-owner and artist HAJ Munro of Novar, who already possessed many of his pictures, and for whom this unfinished work was presumably intended.

February 2010

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