The Birth of Diana and Apollo

As part of the Mantua sale, Charles acquired a number of works by the Gonzaga’s court painter Giulio Romano, Raphael’s most talented pupil. Many of these pictures depict subjects taken from antiquity.

This work provides a pagan take on the nativity theme so apparent in this room. It formed a pair with no. 12, Giulio’s Birth of Jupiter and remains in the Royal Collection today.

Van der Doort c.1639

Giulio Romano

Birth of Hercules, mother brought to bed under a tent, 4 nymphs washing the child, 7 small, full-length figures

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 18, № 9
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
3ft 6in x 4ft 8in (106.7 x 142.2cm)
whited carved and gilded frame
Mantua piece
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 23
Other inventories: 
Mantua 1627, no. 965 (25 scudi, 150 lire)
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

Giulio Romano