Artist: Anna Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876–1973)
Medium: Patinated zinc/bronze
61.5 in. h.
Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt, balances on an orb, perhaps a symbolic representation of the moon, for which she is also associated. She has just released the arrow, the bow still held high in her left hand, while a hound jumps at her feet. The idea of this fleeting moment paired with the twist of her body and folds of her drapery create a spiraling movement.
This particular sculpture is after the popular original created by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington which won the National Academy of Design’s Saltus Medal for Merit, and remains at the forefront of their collection in New York today. Huntington had a handful of casts of Diana produced between 1923 and 1939, which now reside in a number of major institutions throughout the world. Though Huntington’s sculptures frequently focused on animals (her father was a paleontologist and a professor of zoology at Harvard), her most famous and celebrated works are Diana of the Chase and Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc led Huntington to become the first woman to create a public sculpture in Manhattan. The exhibition “Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington's New York Sculpture, 1902–1936” in 2014 at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery also featured and continues to celebrate Huntington's Diana of the Chase.
Type of Work: Sculpture