Diana of Versailles, A Closer Look | The Mythology of Greece and Rome

Versailles and Antiquity exhibition at the Palace of Versailles

Versailles and Antiquity presents the relationship between the palace and Greek and Roman mythology and history, bringing together over 200 works of art.

Diana of Versailles, A Closer Look

H. 2 m (6 ft. 6 ½ in.)

The Diana of Versailles is a slightly over lifesize marble statue of the Greek goddess Artemis, with a deer, located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. It is a Roman copy of a lost Greek bronze original attributed to Leochares, c. 325 BC. Wikipedia

Artist: Barthélemy Prieur
Location: The Louvre

In this statue the goddess does not appear as a huntress, but rather as the protectress of a wild animal. She is conceived as having just come to the rescue of a hunted deer, and is in the act of turning with angry mien on the pursuers. With her right hand she grasps an arrow from the quiver that hangs at her back, and in her left she holds the bow.

The great barometer of Louis XV and Louis XVI.


This dramatic sculpture was originally placed at the top of a fountain in the gardens of the Palace. It depicts Latona with her children Diane and Apollo imploring help from their father Jupiter.

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure