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The Goddess Diana, Italian, mid-18th century Roman School oil on canvas 24" x 32" framed with an English 18th century, carved and gilded frame £20,000 from Atelier Limited In Roman mythology Diana, meaning heavenly or divine, was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth. She also had the ability to talk to and control animals and was one of three maiden goddesses, along with Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry. She was equivalent to the Greek goddess Artemis and considered to be the twin sister of Apollo, their parents being Zeus and Leto. Worshipped by the ancient Romans, Diana provided artists with ample subject matter and here she is depicted as the huntress in a woodland setting, the moon adorning her hair with two faithful hounds beside her.