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Actaeon (#1)

1925 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Alexis Rudier Fondeur (Founder) bronze 48 x 52 in. (121.9 x 132.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.33 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W330


Luce Center Label

This sculpture is one of a pair that Paul Manship created to illustrate the story of Diana and Actaeon. The hunter Actaeon surprised the goddess Diana while she was bathing. To prevent him from telling anybody that he had seen her naked, the goddess fired an arrow and turned him into a stag. In the sculpture, Actaeon appears to have been just hit, while the accompanying piece shows Diana with her bow raised. In this way, Manship created a link between the two sculptures through the flight of an unseen arrow.

Keywords

Animal - dog

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

Mythology - classical - Actaeon

Occupation - hunter

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

About Alexis Rudier Fondeur

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