Princess Of Versailles : Greek Gods Of Hunting, Wilderness, And Childbirth

959 Words Nov 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Athenian sculptor, Leochares, created Diana of Versailles in 325 BCE to honor Artemis who is the Greek Goddess of hunting, wilderness, and childbirth. The Romans later created a marble copy of the sculpture in the Imperial Roman period to honor Diana, the Roman Goddess of hunting, the moon, and childbirth. The statue currently resides on display at the Louvre in Paris, France (Ancient Greek & Roman Sculpture). Artemis, the daughter of Leto and Zeus, is a principal Greek God who spends most of her time in the forests. She hunts alongside her virgin followers called nymphs. She is the protector of women and chastity, and in many Greek myths, Artemis can be found turning men into deer for spying on her naked nymphs roam about the forests. She later hunts and kills the newly transformed deer for the ultimate punishment (Leadbetter). This sculpture helps tell the story of Artemis how sets certain expectations for women in Greek daily life. The Diana of Versailles shows viewers how women were viewed Greek society. The lines of the Diana of Versailles are used to show texture between Goddess’ skin and the cloth dress she wears. The mixture of curved, jagged, and straight lines of Artemis’ dress help the viewer understand how the flowiness of the cloth allows for the Goddess to run and hunt. There aren’t many parallel lines that provide a structure to the artwork. Each line is used as detail.
The base of the Diana of Versailles is very flat which seems strange for a Goddess who…

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