Archaistic Artemis from Pompeii
- Archaistic Artemis from Pompeii
- Cornell Cast Collection
- ca. 1890-1900
ca. 1st c. BCE to 1st c.-CE
- Pompeii, Italy (discovery site, House 2 or 3, Regio VIII) (original)
- Sage no. 95|95 (tag on plinth)|269
- Original Culture:
- Roman, after Greek
- Original Style:
- Roman Imperial, Archaistic
- Work Type:
- casts (sculpture)
- plaster cast (sculpture)|marble sculpture in the round (original)
- Artemis (Greek deity)
Diana (Roman deity)
- Image View Description:
- from front
- Image View Type:
- 116.5 (H) x 25 (W) x 56 (D) cm
- Original Extent:
- 111 (H) cm
- This is a cast of an under-life-sized archaizing statue of Artemis from Pompeii that is held in Naples. In archaic style, the goddess strides ahead stiffly with her left foot advanced and arms lowered. Her drapery, a short-sleeved, long chiton with mantle, falls in zig-zag folds. The strap of her quiver crosses her chest. Her hair is arranged in archaic waves, is bound low at the back, and falls in curly locks to her shoulders. She looks ahead with little expression and wears a rosette-decorated diadem. Pigment is preserved in many places on the original. Two additional copies of this type are known, suggesting either the existence of a common earlier prototype, or that this an archaizing creation of the Roman era that was multiply-produced. The cast was conserved in the summer and fall of 2016, before which the head was separated from the body and the body was defaced with graffiti.
- Good condition with some staining on body
underwent conservation summer/fall 2016
before that: head broken off but preserved, lips painted red, "hussy" written across chest, dusty
- Prior to 4/20/2017, the body and detached head were cataloged separately as ID nos. 269 and 269a. The record associated with no. 269a has been deleted.
- Mary-Anne Zagdoun, La sculpture archaïsante dans l'art hellénistique et dans l'art romain du Haut-Empire (Athènes : Ecole française d'Athènes, 1989), 195, 243, no. 287, pl. 64 fig. 232.
Rune Frederiksen and R. R. R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum. Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: The Ashmolean Museum, 2011), 137, C 3.
J. J. Pollitt, Art in the Hellenistic Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), 184, fig. 194.
Paul Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus, trans. by Alan Shapiro (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990), 244-245, fig. 189.
- Cornell University (current)
Naples, National Archaeological Museum (original)
- Repository Location:
- Goldwin Smith Hall (Room 128), Cornell University
- Collecting Program:
- Cornell Collections of Antiquities
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