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Post  AgathonZante on Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:47 pm

Does this statue do Artemis justice in your view?

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Re: New Statue of Artemis

Post  Iwan-Durak on Wed May 17, 2017 4:27 am

Hello AgathonZante,

I do like the little dog and also the lovely face of "Artemis", the slender moving is quite fitting, but I absolutely do not like that the breasts are shown. It makes the statue more a hunting Aphrodite whom Aineias met at the shore of Carthago. So if the breasts would be more covered, than I could believe she is a Diana/Artemis, but this way she looks more like Aphrodite/Venus or a wood nymph or an Amazon warrior woman to me.


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Re: New Statue of Artemis

Post  Erodius on Sun May 21, 2017 4:30 pm

Iwan-Durak wrote:Hello AgathonZante,

I do like the little dog and also the lovely face of "Artemis", the slender moving is quite fitting, but I absolutely do not like that the breasts are shown. It makes the statue more a hunting Aphrodite whom Aineias met at the shore of Carthago. So if the breasts would be more covered, than I could believe she is a Diana/Artemis, but this way she looks more like Aphrodite/Venus or a wood nymph or an Amazon warrior woman to me.


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I think it is a lovely statue – although Iwan-Durak is correct in some sense, one also should keep in mind that the sculpture is probably 18th/19th century in inspiration/style, so the artist was probably more interested in depicting natural human form than with proper depiction of the goddess.

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Re: New Statue of Artemis

Post  AgathonZante on Sun May 21, 2017 8:01 pm

I don't think that being naked or exposed has to be sexual in nature. There are ancient depictions of Artemis with many breasts exposed.

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Re: New Statue of Artemis

Post  Iwan-Durak on Thu May 25, 2017 6:31 am

You talking about the Ephesian Xoanon ? I thpught it was not sure what the "breasts" are?

I did not want to insult you. I do think that this statue is very beautifull, she has a lovely face and the little dog reminds me of my own dogs in the past.

The following might sound to spiritual or romantical, but for me, the Goddess Ἄρτεμις / Diana incorporates that virgin status of a own daughter or sister or even a mother (through a mother cannot be a virgin, but your own mother will never be an object of lust to you (and if she does, then you should worry about you)). So for that reason I think the climps of Diana's breasts in this statue are just a little inappropriate.

Nudity is indeed not always a sign of sexuality. Nymphs, (water) nymphs in particular, can often be showed nude, even if they are virgins, but their nudity has another meaning for me: they are creatures of natures, their nudity is more a sign of innocence to me instead of lust. ... Writing this, I think this could also be true for Goddess Diana / Ἄρτεμις.

Well, long story short: because of the myth of Actaeon I just do feel some "holy fear" to see Goddess Ἄρτεμις / Diana naked... I'm afraid I'm a highly superstitional fellow...


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