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The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
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Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))

The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer

XVI century. Oil on canvas. Not on display

In the foreground, Diana holds a bow in her left hand while extracting an arrow from her quiver with the right. The moon appears over her forehead, and behind her, a fragment of the Zodiac includes the sign of Cancer. Sitting at the top, a winged figure gazes toward the heavens.

This painting and its companions (P306 to P312) are copies of cartoons for the mosaics at the Chigi Chapel in the Roman church of Santa Maria del Popolo. Those cartoons were made by Raphael and the mosaics, by Alvise della Pace in 1516.

The paintings are from the royal collections and were brought to Spain by Rubens in 1603 as gifts from the Duke of Mantua to the Duke of Lerma. They were part of the decoration of Philip IV´s Salón Planetario (Planetary Hall) at the Buen Retiro Palace.

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Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer
XVI century
Height: 165 cm.; Width: 121 cm.
Copias de los Cartones para mosaicos de la Capilla Chigi, Santa María del Popolo, Roma
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Martín González, Juan José1923-2009, Exposicion Conmemorativa del IV Centenario del Nacimiento de, Direccion General del Patrimonio..., Valladolid, 1977.

Barghahn, Barbara Von, Philip IV and the Golden House of the Buen Retiro in the Tradition of Caesar, Garland PublishingInc, Nueva York. Londres, 1986, pp. 734.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº6.

Ruiz Manero, Jose María, Pintura italiana del siglo XVI en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 1996.

Simal López, Mercedes, 'La presencia de copias en el palacio del Buen Retiro durante el reinado de Felipe IV' En:, Actas del Congreso internacional Las copias de obras maestras de la pintura en las colecciones de los Austrias y el Museo del Prado. Junio 2017, Madrid, 2021, pp. 158-167 (159-160).

Other inventories +

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1794. Núm. 821.
Otra [pintura] del Orbe de la Luna, donde está Diana, con su arco y aljaba, de dos varas y tercia de alto y vara y media de ancho...250

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 6.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 6.
Copia de Rafael. / 6. La Luna. / Diana y el signo de cáncer. / Alto 6 pies, 3 pulg; ancho 4 pies, 0 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 375.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 307.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 307.



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Update date: 16-04-2021 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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