A grotto in the forest, leafy, dense and dark. Behind is the bright blue and light of a cloud-scudded sky. In the grotto is a fountain and pool, at which the huntress Diana and her nymphs disport themselves, naked. The girls are washing the goddess: she has her foot balanced, in a pose that is ever so slightly undignified, on the edge of the fountain. One of the nymphs rubs her calf with a cloth. Into this intensely intimate and feminine scene blunders Actaeon, a hunter, a prince of the house of Cadmus. He pushes aside an improvised curtain and sees them, in all their fleshy glory. A terrible sin for a man to see a goddess like this - let alone the strict and chaste Diana.