Diana the Huntress

Diana the Huntress or better known as Diana La Cazadora, represents the Roman goddess of the hunt and moon or the Greek goddess Artemis. As for the sculpture this is as far as I could go (figurative speaking).

There is another side to the story. The Sculptor Juan Olaguíbel worked on this project during 1942, finishing it and the sculpture being set on Reforma Avenue on September of that year. The model was unknown for 50 years until 1992, when Helvia Martínez Verdayes declared she was the model for the sculptor when she was at age 16. She posed for free, asking only not to reveal her name due to the scandal that could mean to her.

From the first time being set to today, Diana Cazadora has suffered all kinds of abuse. At one time, the Mexican League of Decency dressed her with underclothes and at another time of heavy pollution, someone set a gas mask on her.

Today, after being moved around the city a couple of times because of constructions, she is now located at the intersection of Reforma Avenue with Sevilla Avenue and Rio Mississipi street.

Later it was known that she also posed for another work of the same sculptor, named The Fountain of Petroleum that celebrates the expropriation of the petroleum industry. Perhaps she asked for payment that time, but I really dont’t know. 🙂


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