A stunning life size bronze sculpture of Diana, the Roman Goddess of the Hunt. The sculpture depicts a strong and beautiful Diana clad in golden garb. She carries arrows in a quiver on her back and stands triumphantly over a wild boar that has just caught her deadly arrow. She carries as well a golden horn, a symbol of the hunt.
This high quality bronze is hot cast using the 'lost wax' - 'cire perdue' process. Signed 'A. Carrier' at base and the work is reminiscent of one of his famous works.
The marble pedestal that she stands on can be purchased if required.
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (June 12, 1824, Anizy-le-Ch teau - June 4, 1887, Sèvres) was a French sculptor and painter. He was the father of Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse.
Carrier-Belleuse made many terra cotta pieces, but possibly the most famous is The Abduction of Hippodameia depicting the Greek mythological scene of a centaur kidnapping Hippodameia on her wedding day.
He painted many portraits and landscapes on the Côte d'Opale, northern sea-borders facing England, chiefly in the village of Audresselles. Auguste Rodin worked as an assistant in the studio of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse in between 1864 and 1870. The two travelled to Brussels in 1871.
Sometimes called by the French name of 'cire perdue' or the Latin, 'cera perduta' is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artist's sculpture.
In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
Diana was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon. In literature she was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Artemis, though in cult beliefs she was Italic, not Greek, in origin. Diana was worshiped in ancient Roman religion and is currently revered in the religions of Religio Romana Neopaganism and Stregheria.
Along with her main attributes, Diana was an emblem of chastity. Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 115 x Width 53 x Depth 43
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches
Our reference: 03636