Nymph of Diana by J. Rispal

Diana is a Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature, associated with wild animals and woodland. She is equated with the Greek goddess Artemis.

The nymph Diane is one of the most represented divinity in 19th century sculpture.
She is often depicted with a crescent moon on the forehead, with a bow or accompanied by an animal.
The choice of representation of the artist depends mainly on the image he wants to give of the divinity: the animal friend, the huntress or the symbol of the moon.
The sculpture is signed « J. RISPAL 1902 » standing for the french sculptor Jules-Louis Rispal (1871 – 1909). Rispal was born in Gironde in Bordeaux in 1871 and was a student of Thomas.
He exhibited for the first time at the Paris Salon in 1893. He won an honorable mention in 1899 and another at the World’s Exhibition of 1900. In 1901 he won a third class medal and finally in 1902 a gold medal and a travel scholarship.
Height : 70 cm
Base : 48 x 31 cm

White Carrara marble.

  • « Nymph of Diana », a monumental version of the present sculpture found in the « Jardin de la Mairie » of Bordeaux.
  • The Art Nouveau Low-Relief which acts as a sundial located in rue Dubois in the second arrondissement of Paris.


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