Perhaps the finest sheet of the Fontainebleau school in an American collection, the subject of this sheet reflects the arcane themes in vogue at the Valois court during the sixteenth century. Taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the story of Procris and Cephalus recounts how Cephalus accidentally killed his wife with his javelin while hunting. The artist chose to depict the moment that Procris is struck by the fatal instrument, before Cephalus reaches his dying wife.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
See Ovid, "Metamorphoses", VII: 795-866.