This stunning very large nude sculpture was originally cast by the American artist Edward McCartan. It mirrors the graceful Ancient Roman goddess Diana, who stands for the hunt, moon and birthing, with one of her hounds. Diana embodies strength and tension, while she holds strongly the hound on his leash. The lovely young mythological figure also has a bow in her hand, which is also a symbol for hunting.
Height 82cm, width 46cm & depth 32cm, this is a very large sculpture. The original of this sculpture can be viewed in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although bearing his signature this is a modern reproduction and not an original of his work. Large Art Deco Bronze Diana the Huntress with Dog - 82cm High Signed E McCartan.
Bearing his signature this is a modern reproduction and not an original of his work. Edward Francis McCartan (August 16, 1879 September 20, 1947) was an American sculptor, best known for his decorative bronzes done in an elegant style popular in the 1920s.
Born in Albany, New York, he studied at the Pratt Institute, with Herbert Adams. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York with George Grey Barnard and Hermon Atkins MacNeil, and then in Paris for three years under Jean Antoine Injalbert before his return to the United States in 1910. In 1914, McCartan became the Director of the sculpture department of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City. Posthumously honored by the National Sculpture Society, his public monuments were fewbut the Eugene Field Memorial ("Winken, Blinken, and Nod") can still be found in the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. McCartan's sculpture, The Nude, was stolen from the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Michigan and was discovered at the bottom of the Detroit River eight years later.
Other work can be found at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building, a national historic site in Newark, New Jersey includes pilasters by the artist. He worked on a pediment for the Department of Labor Building, in 1934 to 1935.He died in New Rochelle, New York, September 20, 1947 and is buried at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York. Diana was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon in Roman mythology. 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 Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Dianic Wicca, a largely feminist form of the practice, is named for her. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.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.
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