Artemis (Diana)

Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the virgin goddess of hunting, wilderness, and wild animals. Artemis was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protectress of adolescent girls up to the age of marriage. Her twin brother played the same role for boys.

Artemis was usually depicted as a woman with a hunting bow and quiver of arrows. Aware of her own power, Artemis, not long after her birth, sat on Zeus' knee and demanded of him a long list of things: 50 lop-eared hounds, 50 wood nymph followers, a silver bow with painless silver arrows, and his word never to force her into marriage.

The New Wilderness (otherwise known as the Banff Golf Course)

Much of the world's wildlife is under pressure from development. Even places created for the protection of wildlife are overrun with people encroaching on their habitat. Artemis would find herself with conflicting responsibilities. A modern wood nymph "follower" would be more interested in fashion and boys and less likely to follow and obey. Banff probably would be as close to wilderness as one would get.

So . . . whom will Artemis protect?

Inspired by Diane La Chasseuse
(Diana of the Hunt)
Horace de Callias 1871

Oil on canvas 28 x32 inches (71x182 cm)
Private Collection

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