By Jean Hall

Diana On The Wall

State/Province/Region
OT
Country
DE
Nearest Area
Castle Area
Town
Heidelberg
Description

This Heidelberg Castle, the ruins of a huge structure originally built in the 13th century, although most of the surviving remnants are Renaissance or Baroque. It was destroyed several times: by a thunderbolt in 1537, by the French in the late 17 th century, and then again by lightning in 1764. It is built from red sandstone of the nearby Neckar region and abounds with sculpture. This charming figure I would guess to be Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, as I have read that classical goddesses were included and as she seems to have a quiver nearby, as well as lion hunting boots. I love the diagonal upward stripes of ornate architectural detail – and how they are opposed by the clean, strong steel railings, running diagonally the other way, of the reconstruction behind the openings.

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Date Added
May 29, 2013
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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