Karl Theodore Bitter (American (born Austria), Vienna 1867–1915 New York)
19 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 9 in. (50.2 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1912
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 769
Bitter’s Diana assumes a static pose, left foot forward and shoulders thrown back, bow held almost casually behind her. The stately, dignified stance projects both her stature as a chaste goddess and her physical strength. Diana’s beauty, combined with her hunter’s cunning, struck a chord with Americans around the turn of the century, who may have seen the Roman goddess—mighty, willful, and independent—as an analogue to their nation at the moment it was coming into its own as a global power.
Signature: [top of base, around edge]: KARL BITTER/ COPYR MCMX
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y.