The Lansdowne Artemis

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The Lansdowne private collection consists of over 100 classical art pieces and was accumulated in the late eighteenth century. The two freestanding Greco-Roman sculptures I chose to compare and contrast from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are the Bateman Mercury from 4th century BCE Rome and the Lansdowne Artemis from 1st Century BCE Rome. As soon as I walked into the exhibition hall, these two artworks stood out to me out of the four selections because of the proportion, anatomy, pose, drapery, and texture of the material they are made from. These two sculptures are also resembled after figures of Greek mythology — Mercury, also knowns as Hermes, is the messenger of the Greek gods and Artemis is the Greek goddess of hunting. One can …show more content…
It is placed in a more obscure place, hidden away from the public. It is in a smaller room compared to the other Greco-Roman sculptures but the spotlight is definitely on the Lansdowne Artemis statue. It is the only standing piece of artwork in the room, directly in the center of it, and is surrounded by paintings, pottery, and busts on the walls. There are two entrances on either side of the room and there is no way to avoid the Lansdowne Artemis. The head of Apollo, from the Lansdowne Artemis, is to the right of the statue on the wall. Apollo is the twin brother of Artemis and he is famous in mythology as the god of prophecy. It is debated whether or not Apollo’s head belongs to the Lansdowne Artemis statue; on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art website, it lists it as part of the art piece but other research says it may not and it is difficult to tell because of replicas from the past. The way that the light shines on the Lansdowne Artemis statue illuminates it and creates a different type of atmosphere from the Bateman Mercury room. The smaller room is also darker than the bigger room which brings even more attention to the Lansdowne Artemis. The positioning and the lighting of this statue definitely reflects the museum’s statement on how the Lansdowne Artemis statue is considered the finest ancient sculpture in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s …show more content…
He is positioned in his own corner, looking towards the entrance to the room as if he is acknowledging the visitors but also secluding himself. To the right of him are six paintings on the wall which distance himself from the next sculpture of the Lansdowne Athlete. The wall text is framed on the wall behind him and is obscure from view, but it describes the statue in a few short sentences and has a picture of a cellphone and a number next to it at the bottom right hand corner. This is an interactive text where the art correlates to a number and more information can be found on the LACMA website. This is an interesting new concept that museums seem to be doing in order to adapt to the ever changing technological landscape. On the other hand, the Lansdowne Artemis has no interactive text on the wall text it is located on the ground which requires viewers to look down to read the text and view the art piece from bottom to top. All in all, the Lansdowne private collection is wonderful to experience because of the time and effort that went into the curation of the

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