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Diana and Actaeon: C.178-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Diana and Actaeon


Workshop: Bettisi, Leonardo di Antonio (Perhaps)
Workshop: Accarisi, Stefano (Perhaps)
Workshop: Maestro dei Panneggi (Perhaps)
Artist: Tempesta, Antonio (After)




Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome in compendiario style with Diana and Actaeon.

Pale greyish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; three peg marks on underside of the rim. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, Sienese brown, and brown.
Shape approximately 64 with plain rim. Circular with narrow sloping rim, shallow sides and wide flat centre.
Diana and Actaeon. Actaeon stands on the left accompanied by four hounds. Antlers sprout from his head, and his right hand is raised in protest to Diana, who stands in a pool on the right, bathing with five nymphs, one of whom sits on the bank. In the wooded landscape background there are deer. Three narrow orange bands and a yellow band encircle the scene.


History note: Probably purchased from the London dealer, Van Slochem, in February 1918 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

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H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 44.8 cm
Height: 5.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century
Circa 1580 CE - 1585 CE


The design was derived from an etching of Diana and Actaeon in a series of Landscapes with Mythological Subjects by Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). The painter has been named the Maestro dei Panneggi, and it has been suggested that he was Stefano Accarisi, but this is not cerain. See Documentation.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, Sienese brown, and brown)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale greyish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; three peg marks on underside of the rim. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, Sienese brown, and brown.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.178-1991
Primary reference Number: 72607
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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