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Diana, Diosa de la Caza y el Deseo in Decorative Arts

Published: 2017.02.13 - 16:41:11   /  /  Edelvis López Zaldívar  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

A new invitation is offered by the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Havana with its title Diana – Diosa de la Caza y el Deseo (Goddess of Hunting and Desire), in its exhibition of the month of January.

In one of its exhibition rooms, a 19th century piece by the French artist Francois Laurent Roland is on display to the public, based on a selection made by BSc. Gustavo López, and the preservation by specialists Celia Prieto and Yanet Tabares.

The Diana proposed by this French sculptor - according to the expert Gustavo López, deputy director of the institution - expresses sensuality and determination.

And he adds, "The female nude is graciously represented, however, the bow and the whip she carries, exteriorize her fondness for hunting and her strong and decisive character, which is a clear way of expressing the main identifying symbols of the deity."

Diana, daughter of Jupiter and Latona, twin sister of Apollo, was the Roman name given to the earlier Greek Artemis. Originally she was the goddess of hunting, who was linked to animals and the wild lands. She was consecrated to the oaks and was celebrated in poetry for her strength, athletic grace, and beauty and hunting skills.

Diana's deity, throughout the history of art, has been represented in dissimilar ways from visual arts to dramatic arts.

In the Roman period copies of the Diana of Ephesus were made. Later, in other stages, these reproductions were also made, thus we see them in the Renaissance, Baroque, until the nineteenth century.

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