Bust of Diana

Bust-length figure of a woman with head turned proper left, down-turned eyelids and crescent moon atop head; executed in bronze with a rich, dark patina on a brownish stone base.
Jean-Alexandre-Joseph Falguière
c. 1882
It is unclear whether this bust was first conceived as a study for Falguiere's full-length sculpture of Diana or as a spin-off to capitalize on the popularity of the finished statue. Regardless, Falguiere’s “Bust of Diana” was so popular at the end of the 19th century that many versions were made in at least three sizes and in different types of media, including marble and bronze. The bust would have appealed to its 19th century audience for its portrait-like realism, arresting pose, idealized beauty and Classical subject matter. In Roman mythology, Diana was goddess of the hunt and personification of the moon represented by the crescent atop her head. Abstracted from the context of the full-length statue in which her right arm is raised while her left holds a bow, Diana’s lowered eyelids and turned head give her an austere, slightly haughty appearance.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Coleman Mopper
Sunday, December 16, 2018