Diana with a Bow
On View In:
Gallery 322
Artist:   Frederick William MacMonnies  
Title:   Diana with a Bow  
Date:   1890  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   30 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (76.84 x 51.44 x 41.91 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hobbs  
Location:   Gallery 322  

Frederick MacMonnies began sculpting while an assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens and a student at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York City. In 1884, MacMonnies went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and he largely remained there until World War I.

His French training influenced his depiction of nude figures, like Diana, with naturalistic poise, sometimes considered too erotic to an American audience. The Women's Christian Temperance Union successfully petitioned to have MacMonnies sculpture of Bacchante and Infant Faun removed from the Boston Library. While he sculpted in bronze, MacMonnies eventually turned to painting towards the end of his career.

Name:   MacMonnies, Frederick William  
Role:   Sculptor  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1863 - 1937  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature, Date top of base: 'F.Macmonnies 1890'  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   Female Figure; Figure of Diana with bow in left hand (goddess in classical Greek Mythology)  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   64.62  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts