Diana and Callisto

Oil on Panel
Signed and dated: 'V. Wilt. 1646'
31 x 21.9 cms (12 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches)
Essay: 

According to Hesiod, Callisto was a daughter of Lycaon, King of Arcadia. As a member of the cult of the goddess Diana, she had taken a vow of chastity, but was seduced by Zeus disguised as Diana. The resulting pregancy became obvious to Diana when she saw Callisto bathing and, furious, the goddess turned her into a bear. Callisto subsequently gave birth to a son, Arcas.