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NAIAD by 44NATHAN NAIAD by 44NATHAN
NAIAD


marble, 1816 - 1817
ANTONIO CANOVA
Italian,1757 - 1822


National Gallery of Art
West Building, Washington D.C.



The Naiads were nymphs of bodies of fresh water and were one of the three main classes of water nymphs - the others being the Nereids (nymphs of the Mediterranean Sea) and the Oceanids (nymphs of the oceans). The Naiads presided over rivers, streams, brooks, springs, fountains, lakes, ponds, wells, and marshes. They were divided into various subclasses: Crinaeae (fountains), Pegaeae (springs), Eleionomae (marshes), Potameides (rivers), and Limnades or Limnatides (lakes). Roman sources even assigned custody of the rivers of Hades to Naiads classified as Nymphae Infernae Paludis or the Avernales.
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BLANKACCOUNT1010101 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey I think I see a Goya in the background
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