The above grisaille, or monochrome painting, is a copy after a drawing by the 16th century Italian painter and architect Giulio Romano. The scene represents an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. King Meleager gathered a group of warriors to chase the boar which had been sent by the Goddess Diana to ruin the land of Calydon. Cupid fires his arrow to make Meleager fall in love with the huntress, Atalanta, to whom Meleager presented the head of the boar as a trophy. The huntsmen’s objection to the gift caused a war between the Calydonians and the Curetes, as well as the death of king Meleager.
Bowes Museum: Jules Romain