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Actaeon (#2)

1922 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 10 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (26.9 x 20.0 x 11.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.50 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


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

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

About Paul Manship

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

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