Theodosius Shchedrin - a famous Russian sculptor who worked in the genre of classicism. He studied craftsmanship with French specialists, after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts he was sent abroad to continue his studies.
He gained invaluable experience in making custom-made statues in Italy - and during this period he was imbued with the sculptural art of Ancient Rome, widely represented in Italian museums. He lived for sixteen years abroad - and after returning to his homeland, he began to teach sculpture at his native Academy. He learned a lot of talented artists. Performed sculptural work on behalf of state and public bodies.
The statue of Diana was created by the sculptor in 1798. The goddess of hunting sits on a pedestal, apparently by the water, immodestly admiring its reflection. At this moment, it seems to the girl that someone is spying on her from behind the trees; trying to cover herself, she starts back to the left, frightened, and the coverlet finally slides from her feet to the ground.
The sculptor was able to realistically convey the female fright and willingness to run at any moment; Shchedrin’s Diana is not a warlike and strong woman, carrying death, but a fragile, tender, vulnerable and infinitely feminine nymph. There is nothing majestic and frightening in her; in fact, the author carved an ordinary earthly woman from stone, full of youthful grace. About the divine origin of Diana reminds only her hairstyle, styled like the heroine of ancient Roman myths. The ingenious combination of the classic plot with earthly forms to this day amazes the audience with its beauty.
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