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This sculpture is one of a pair that Paul Manship created to illustrate the story of Diana and Actaeon. The hunter Actaeon surprised the goddess Diana while she was bathing. To punish him for seeing her naked, the goddess fired an arrow and turned him into a stag. In the sculpture, Diana appears with her bow raised, while in the accompanying piece Actaeon has just been hit and antlers sprout from his head. Manship linked the two sculptures by suggesting the flight of an unseen arrow, whose imaginary path through time and space connects the different moments in the story.

Credit: Gift of the artist

1925
Bronze
124.4 x 109.3cm
1965.16.32A-B
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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