Diana/Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt

~ Diane and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin

Diana, the daughter of Jupiter and Leto, is the twin sister of Apollo. She is one of the twelve great Olympian deities and presided over hunting and women. She is identified with the Moon and is known for her role as the Virgin huntress. 

Other information:

  1. She is known as the Goddess who brought death as with Actaeon, Orion and Procris.
  2. She is also known for demanding the sacrifice of a young girl Iphigenia. At the last moment, Diana substituted the young girl with a deer.
  3. Due to Niobe insulting her mother, Diana shot and killed all of her daughters. 

Classical References:

Hesiod, Theogony; Ovid, Metamorphoses.

Attributes:

Bow and arrows; spear; hunting dogs; deer; crescent moon.

~ Diana Leaving the Bath by François Boucher

~ Diana by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

~ The Vision of Endymion by Edward John Poynter

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