A magnificent piece of art.
By Ernesto Concha, 1910, Marble.
At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Santiago de Chile
La rocher et la mousse
Horace Daillion, 1900
Sculpté en marbre
Envoyé de France pour l’exposition du Centenaire de 1910.
Le motif de la nymphe transformée en mousse fait référence au lien entre le féminin et la nature.
Un modèle bourgeois d’une femme nue, caché derrière le mythe.
Sent from France for the 1910 Centenary Exhibition.
The motif of the nymph turned into foam refers to the link between the feminine and nature.
A bourgeois model of a naked woman, hidden behind the myth
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
These artwork exhibition is at the Palace of Fine Arts, yes, in Mexico City.
And the story goes…(had to add flavor to the sculptures..)
“Searching for Botero’s model anyone can look alike. (not really certain but still..) No. not that one between the sculpture’s legs.
What beauty could have such dimensions and still look so soft?
And the greek girls would gossip about her Tan so perfectly evenly distributed… but even then will wonder if it was natural or artificial…
I don’t care, she says as she feels the greek girls’ sting-like eyes… Oh envy! Who wouldn’t like to have such a smooth and shiny skin… (and size?)
Let my brown noble steed take me away to a far unknown land… but!
… I should rest for the long journey. Let the sun’s rays heal the mark of wondering eyes…
…for the sun will wash away the doubts of my beauty, never concealed….
..faithful friend, faithful steed, be ready for my “hop” to depart away and never look back…
…and you stranger! hold thy hand! (there is an actual hand cleaning the sculpture) as I am a promised bouquet for the wondering….
Man… ride.. ride away, and see my road ahead foretelling the loving companion.
(No animal was hurt during the getaway)
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. 🙂