I am the nymph of the sacred spring, do not disturb my sleep, I am resting

Nymph of the Spring, by German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), depicts a nymph as a seductive woman unveiling. The bow and arrows are attributes of Diana, the mythological goddess of the hunt, which also symbolizes chastity. Game birds may suggest both the goddess Diana and Venus, the goddess of erotic love.
The Latin inscription on the left top of the painting, which was concluded after 1537, warns: “Fontis Nympha Sacri Somnvm Ne Rumpe Quiesco” (“I am the nymph of the sacred spring, do not disturb my sleep, I am resting”). However, although it is not clear, it would appear that the nymph’s eyes are just half-closed and that she is still not sleeping.

 

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