Diana

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1889, cast after 1900

Artist:

Frederick W. MacMonnies
American, 1863–1937
Cast by Roman Bronze Works
American, early 20th century

About this artwork

While studying in Paris, the young sculptor Frederick MacMonnies modeled a life-size plaster version of Diana for exhibition at the Paris Salon of 1889. The sculpture, a depiction of the Roman goddess of the hunt, won an honorable mention and assured his reputation as an important artist both in France and in the United States. Diana then proved so popular that he produced numerous reduced-sized replicas in bronze for American patrons. True to the Beaux-Arts ideals then current in France, MacMonnies included traditional symbols of the goddess such as the bow in her hand and the crescent moon in her hair, recalling classical precedent. However, his naturalistic rendering of the nude figure, modeled after the features of a young woman, has a lively grace that marks MacMonnies’s independence from strict neoclassical tradition.

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American Art

Artist

Frederick William MacMonnies

Title

Diana

Origin

United States

Date

1889

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

76.2 × 50.8 × 48.3 cm (30 × 20 × 19 in.)

Credit Line

Roger McCormick Fund

Reference Number

1982.271

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