Formal Analysis of a Museum Object: Artemis with a Doe

Artemis with a Doe is also called Diana of Versailles and was a gift to the king of France from Pope Paul IV. This statue stands approximately above 2 meters high making it slightly bigger than the normal human body it represents. Its big size indicates that this sculpture was dedicated to a group of people or a society through their King. Big sculptures are usually constructed with the aim of conspicuity to the public. They are also designed to those sizes so that they can be erected at strategic points in public places.
Artemis with a Doe is made up of white marble that was sculpted to give the images of human and the deer. Marble is known to be soft, and uniform in its intensity and action. It is not brittle and therefore cannot break into small pieces with ease while working on it, and this makes the artist curve into it to come up with any shape. The softness enabled the artist generate the exact appearance of the image with ease. It slight yellowish reflects the color of human skin. Additionally, marble is known to have very low refractive index, which allows light to penetrate its surface some micrometers and the calcite in it reflects from its interior to all directions giving the sculpture a waxy look. This quality gives the sculpture the exact resemblance of human skin when it is smoothly rounded to represent one. This sculpture is not painted but the colour of the marble used play the role of presenting of the real color of human skin and the garment but fails on the deer.


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