Rubens preferred to paint paintings on various subjects of ancient times. His goddess Diana was especially attracted. The thing is that the myth of her connected two themes at once. One of them is hunting. At that time, only privileged sections of society could engage in hunting. The artist created a number of large paintings.
If in other paintings Rubens seeks to convey the entire intensity of the struggle. Here the artist tried to pay maximum attention to the beauty of this goddess. We see Diana and her companions. They are facing satyrs. If Diana defends the integrity of women, satyrs become the epitome of genuine bacchanalia. These two worlds are sharply demarcated by the spear of the goddess.
The appearance of these groups is completely different. Satyrs are wild creatures with goat legs. Diana radiates beauty. Her companions are equally magnificent. They become the true embodiment of feminine charm and grandeur. Satyrs offer a huge amount of fruit. By this they allude to the fact that soon they will make excellent wine.
Diana killed a hare and birds on a hunt. These animals personified sensual pleasures. By this, Rubens symbolically conveys the complete denial of all kinds of pleasures that the satyrs are trying to offer. Diana and her companions will not succumb to this temptation.
The artist skillfully uses paints. He managed to convey all the beauty of a magnificent female body. He does not skimp on bright colors. The whole picture is impressive with volumetric strokes and realistic images. It seems that in front of us are not goddesses, but simply very beautiful women.
In those days, it was popular to paint a picture for several artists at the same time. So here the fruits and animals are depicted by another artist.
Such a colorful picture is impressive. It allows us to imagine what ideas about beauty existed in the time of Rubens.
Anthony Van Dyck Self Portrait