"with so many breasts"

Artemide di Efeso

Diana Efesina


The breasts on many lines, quoted in the Novazio's letter, are ancient symbols of fertility and a specific trait of Diana or Artemis of Ephesus, from the name of the most famous temple dedicated to this goddess, that Herodotus included among the Seven Wonders of the World. Up on the left the old roman copy of the Farnese collection, now in the National Archeological Museum of Naples; on the right "Madre Natura" of Villa d'Este in Tivoli, realized by Giglio della Vellita. It's interesting to observe that at least other two iconographies of  Diana of Ephesus  pertain to the same period of Madre di tutti: down on the left the fresco by Giovanni Maria Falconetto in the Palazzo d'Arco of Mantua; on the right the portrait by Lorenzo Lotto to the antiques dealer Andrea Odoni, now in the Hampton Court, Royal Collections UK.


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