Girolamo Campagna, workshop

Verona 1549 - 1625 Venice
Diana, goddess of hunt
Bronze, h. 55.5 cm, early 17th century
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The goddess of hunting

Diana/Artemis

A popular subject

In Roman mythology Diana is the goddess of hunting and the moon as well as the protectress of young girls and women. She is the equivalent of Artemis in Greek mythology, the daughter of Zeus and Leto, the twin sister of Apollo. Diana is often shown as a young huntress in a short tunic with a quiver of arrows and a bow, sometimes with a stag. Artists have taken a number of scenes from the myths surrounding Diana/Artemis as subjects for their works. The siblings Apollo and Diana were also very popular.

The domestic fireplace

From simple andirons …

to exquisite fire-dogs

Andirons generally comprise two bracket supports on which logs are placed in a fireplace so that they are slightly raised off the ground. This improves the circulation of air significantly. Originally, andirons were simple rod-like irons or even solid blocks of metal. In the late Middle Ages and during the Renaissance in particular, pairs of fire-dogs were created out of bronze or brass and sometimes even fire-gilded. The brackets were also decorated with ornaments and figures, thus turning them into exquisite works of art.

Girolamo Campagna

Star artist in Venice

16th-century ‘must-haves’

Girolamo Campagna is considered one of the principal Venetian sculptors of the late 16th century. He ran a large workshop in the city on the lagoon and was kept busy making many works on commission. The son of a blacksmith from Verona, he moved to Venice in 1549 to study under the sculptor Danese Cattaneo. Campagna became famous in his own right and his works were much sought after. An agent of the Duke of Urbion reported that Campagna had to be handled with kid gloves if you wanted to commission a work from him.