Callisto Turns into a Bear

After painting the narrative of Diana banishing Callisto I wanted to illustrate the story of Callisto as she was turned into a bear by Juno. The end of the story sees Callisto and her son Arcas placed in the sky as constellations.


Even after being placed in the sky Callisto’s punishment is not over. The two Bear constellations never dip below the horizon to refresh themselves with water. That’s why they can be seen all year round.

"Callisto turning into a Bear", watercolour pencils on coloured pastel paper, 88cm diameter, Charlie Kirkham 2015.
“Callisto turning into a Bear”, watercolour pencils on coloured pastel paper, 88cm diameter, Charlie Kirkham 2015.