Actaeon (#2)

  • Paul Manship, Actaeon (#2), 1922, bronze, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.50

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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 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.

Title
Actaeon (#2)
Artists
Date
1922
On View
Dimensions
10 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (26.9 x 20.0 x 11.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – dog
  • Figure male – nude
  • Figure male – full length
  • Mythology – classical – Actaeon
Object Number
1966.47.50
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