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Antique sculpture "Diana"Ref nr. 52_6819
Antique sculpture "Diana the Huntress" in the style of Louis XVI. Made of patinated bronze. We see the goddess of the hunt and the animal kingdom in all her beauty and grace. Her serene and slightly arrogant expression makes the goddess virtually inaccessible to mere mortals. She appears to float in the air, barely touching the ground with her fingertips as she hunts with a bow and arrow. The author managed to convey in sculpture an amazing inner strength and grace, which is inherent in the patroness of hunting, flora, femininity and fertility. France, XIX century. There is a signature on the base of the sculpture - Houdon. The author of the model is sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. France, XIX century.Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) was a French sculptor. One of the most famous masters of his era. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Praige with Jean-Baptiste Pigalle and Rene-Michel Slodz. Awarded the Rome Prize in 1761, the sculptor moved to Rome, where he fell under the influence of antique sculpture. Returning to Paris, in 1771 Houdon became a member of the Academy of Painting and Sculpture. From 1805 to 1823 he taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Jean-Antoine Houdon made many sculptural prints of his contemporaries, among them - Voltaire, Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, Moliere. Several of his works were acquired by Empress Catherine II, some of them are kept in the collection of the State Hermitage to this day. Many of his sculptures are in the Louvre, in museums in New York and Lisbon, as well as in private collections.