Acteon and Diana by Stephanie Smith

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According to the Greek legends, Acteon was a hunter who happened to find the goddess Diana bathing at a pool in the woods. Furious at the intrusion, she cursed the young man, turning him into a deer so that he could not tell anyone else that he had seen her naked.

The version of the story that inspired this image came from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which ended quite badly for poor Acteon.

Ink drawing with digital color, 2006, part of a series.

This image is one of many story images of birds and animals featured in my calendar Legendary Tales: Myths and Legends

This piece was featured in the !Inspired Art! group


deer, forest, ftsanimals, goddess diana, greek myth, ink, legend, nature, night woods, ovid

Stephanie Smith is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw.

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Extraordinary- So beautiful, I love the story too xx

  • Thanks Anita! I love all of those stories… I have a few more up my sleeve :)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous!

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithover 5 years ago

    Thank you! It’s one of my favorites from the set

  • rubyred
    rubyredover 5 years ago

    You have a great technique. Love the bits breaking out of the frame.

  • Thank you Rubyred, I love doing that… though sometimes it ends up causing me no end of trouble afterwards… this image was one of those, actually, lol

    – Stephanie Smith

  • kaneko
    kanekoover 5 years ago

    thats beautiful

  • Thank you, Kaneko!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • RoxyLust
    RoxyLustover 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much Roxy! It’s an honor!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • penspapers
    penspapersover 5 years ago

    You’ve got my vote, Stephanie!

  • Thanks, Elizabeth! :)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Hannah Fenton-Williams
    Hannah Fenton-...over 5 years ago

    This placed in the Ink challenge in
    Shameless self promotion

  • Thank you Hannah, and everyone who voted!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Tammy  (Robison)Espino
    Tammy (Robiso...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic work!!!!

  • Thanks, Tammy!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • NadiaTurner
    NadiaTurneralmost 5 years ago

    Love your style, so gorgeous!

  • Thanks, Nadia!

    – Stephanie Smith

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