Each of Leonhard Kern's works possesses precisely carved features. In this figure, Diana's fingers delicately grasp the leashes. However, Kern chose not to focus upon the minute detail and elaborate textures rendered in more typical northern works such as Artus Quellinus's Omphale Seated. Under the influence of Italian masters, he instead emphasized form through careful modeling, endowing the work with a monumental quality. Diana with Her Hounds's strong overall form, with its translucent, polished surface, can be considered equivalent to the most perfected work in marble. The hounds wrapping themselves around Diana's legs invite the viewer to rotate the statue and admire the intricate undercutting of the single block of ivory, especially in the interstice between the hounds and the goddess at the center. The circular base on which she stands was carved from the same piece of ivory and suggests to the viewer the boundary of the original tusk, as does the slightly yellow coloration along the sides of the hounds.

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Leonhard Kern
German, 1588–1662
Diana with Her Hounds
seventeenth century