The J. Paul Getty Museum

Statuette of Diana

Object Details

Title:

Statuette of Diana

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Date:

1st century B.C.

Medium:

Bronze

Object Number:

57.AB.15

Dimensions:

30 × 11 × 8.5 cm (11 13/16 × 4 5/16 × 3 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt (Artemis to the Greeks), stands with her weight on one leg and reaches back over her head with one hand, while extending the other in front of her. The goddess wears a short chiton and boots, an outfit suitable for her active lifestyle, and her hair is pulled back in a tight bun.

Although her clothing is relatively simple, it is shown in great detail. For example, the oval pin on her shoulder and the double braid ornament around the neckline of her chiton are carefully delineated. Diana's boots are especially ornate. The boots are open-toed, lace up the front, and are covered in vines. They are also lined with animal skins, whose head and paws stick out from the top of the boots. Scholars disagree over the original appearance of this statuette, since the attributes that the goddess originally held are missing. Some believe that Diana would have had a bow in her lowered left hand, and her right hand was reaching back for an arrow in her quiver. Another theory is that the goddess held a mirror and was stretching to adjust her hair.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1957

Nicolas Koutoulakis, 1910 - 1996 (Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1957.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Echoes from Olympus: The Minor Arts of Classical Antiquity (August 15 to December 15, 1974)
  • University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, August 15 to December 15, 1974
The God's Delight: The Human Figure in Classical Bronze (November 1, 1988 to August 31, 1989)
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), November 16, 1988 to January 8, 1989
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), February 9 to April 9, 1989
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 9 to July 9, 1989
Bibliography
Bibliography

"Accessions of American and Canadian Museums," Art Quarterly 20 (Winter 1957), p. 469, s.v. Roman; ill. p. 471, bottom right.

Bulletin of the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art (Malibu: 1957), pp. 12-13.

Stothart, Herbert. A Handbook of the Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965), p. 15-16, no. A57.S-12, pl. 7.

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965), pp. 72-73.

Amyx, Darrell A. Echoes from Olympus: Reflections of Divinity in Small-Scale Classical Art, exh. cat. (Berkeley: University Art Museum, 1974), p. 77, no. 28.

Amyx, Darrell A., and Barbara A. Forbes, eds. Echoes from Olympus: Reflections of Divinity in Small-Scale Classical Art. Supplement to the Catalogue. (Berkeley: University Art Museum, 1974), pp. 22-23, no. 28, entry by Samuel H. Wilson, Jr.

Simon, Erika, and Bauchhenss, Gerhard. "Artemis/Diana," Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae II (1984), p. 801, no. 15.

Kozloff, Arielle P., and David Gordon Mitten, eds. The Gods Delight. The Human Figure in Classical Bronze. Exh. cat. The Cleveland Museum of Art, November 16, 1988-January 8, 1989; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February 9-April 9, 1989; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 9-July 9, 1989, pp. 296-99, cat. no. 53, ill.

Scott, David A., and Jerry Podany. "Ancient Copper Alloys: Some Metallurgical and Technological Studies of Greek and Roman Bronzes," Small Bronze Sculpture from the Ancient World. Malibu: 1990. pp.31-60, p. 45, Table 3.

Mattusch, Carol C. Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014), pp. 36-37, fig. 14.