24 JUNE 2014
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Diana the huntress, queen of the Montebelluna Museum. The statue found in Montello attracts visitors
Diana the huntress, queen of the Montebelluna Museum
The statue found in Montello attracts visitors
Diana the new queen huntress of the civic museum of Montebelluna. Exposed for the first time in May 2014, on the night of the museums, the marble statue of the huntress par excellence, welcomed in Montebelluna, continues to attract visitors and enthusiasts. Accidentally found in a piece of land in Biadene sul Montello together with other building material from the Roman age, the statue is difficult to date, given the state of the surface. The scarce use of the drill and the virtuosity in the rendering of the drapery, in the wake of the Hellenistic tradition, may indicate the first imperial age (late 1st century BC-1st century AD). The statue shows the goddess in an anomalous pose: her left arm, now lost, was raised and held a spear or javelin, while her right hand perhaps exhibited the skin of a slain animal. Daughter of Latona and twin of Apollo, Diana, Artemis for the Greeks, was perhaps the most popular of the female divinities of the Greek world, and certainly one of the most complex and contradictory figures of the Hellenic pantheon: huntress and at the same time lady of animals, virgin but protector of the parts, goddess of wild and luxuriant nature, but linked to the underworld, and for this reason sometimes associated with divinities connected to the world of the dead.
The statue is not the only find destined to enrich the museum’s archaeological collection. At the end of September, during the night dedicated to archeology for the heritage days, citizens will be presented with a new exceptional artefact, of the highest historical and artistic value, which will give great impetus to the archaeological section of the Museum.
article of 21 June 2014 by Laura Bon for www.gazzettino.it