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Diana

1925 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Alexis Rudier Fondeur (Founder) bronze 49 x 43 in. (124.4 x 109.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.32A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W330


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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 punish him for seeing her naked, the goddess fired an arrow and turned him into a stag. In the sculpture, Diana appears with her bow raised, while in the accompanying piece Actaeon has just been hit and antlers sprout from his head. Manship linked the two sculptures by suggesting the flight of an unseen arrow, whose imaginary path through time and space connects the different moments in the story.

Keywords

Animal - dog

Mythology - classical - Diana

Object - weapon - bow and arrow

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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