Daniel Seiter (Vienna 1647 – Turin 1705), Diana and Orion

Artist: DANIEL SEITER (Vienna 1647 – Turin 1705)
Title: Diana and Orion
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 174,5 x 155 cm
Period: 1685

Work exhibited at the exhibition Defying the Baroque, Rome Turin Paris 1680 – 1750, held in Venaria Reale from 30th May to 20th September 2020, designed by the Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura and organised by the Consorzio delle Residenze Reali Sabaude.

Provenance: private collection of the Baglioni family.

In this vigorous painting, the Viennese artist portrays on canvas the myth of Diana and Orion, a myth with few figurative representations. The painter orchestrates the entire composition around the tragic moment in which the goddess, in a vain attempt to bring the beautiful Orion back to life, turns the fatal dart upon Aesculapius. The dark sky under which the scene comes alive contrasts the white body of the hunter, evoking the drama of a murder that mistakenly took place, because Diana had been deceived by her jealous brother Apollo. The painter hereby renews his love for this theme, having previously produced Diana next to the corpse of Orion, safeguarded by the Louvre Museum, as well as in the tondo inserted in the vault of the Bedroom of Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, inside the Royal Palace of Turin.

Click HERE for a full description in the Catalogue Twenty-five years of activity 2017/2018, pg. 56-57.