Friday, March 23, 2007
Just a figure study I made tonight for a future painting of the Greek figure Diana...
Diana (Artemis) was an ancient Italian goddess of woodland. In Capua and in Aricia, a locality near Rome, there are still shrines dedicated to the old Italian goddess. Diana was the twin sister of the god Apollo. Her father and mother were Jupiter and Latona.
Diana believed her body was very sacred, and so no man was to see her naked. One day a wandering hunter came across Diana bathing. When the hunter Actaeon accidentally came upon Diana while she was bathing, she turned him into a stag, whereupon his own hunting dogs attacked and tore him to pieces.
Goes to show -- next time you think about spying, make sure they are not a god of goddess.
Posted by quiet storm at 8:22 PM