Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
1893–94, cast 1894 or after
28 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 14 in. (71.8 x 41.3 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1985
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 769
From its lofty perch on Madison Square Garden’s tower, the resplendent gilded “Diana” enjoyed iconic status on the New York City skyline from 1892 to 1925. Saint-Gaudens capitalized on its fame by issuing three variant reductions; in this second version, the lithe goddess, about to release her arrow, is poised atop a full orb on a two-tiered base (a monumental version is on view in the Charles Engelhard Court of the American Wing; acc. no. 28.101). The lustrous patina was achieved by electro-plating a mixture of gold, copper, and zinc to the bronze surface.
Signature: [top of base, front, right]: A St GAUDENS
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: E • GRUET Jne FONDEUR PARIS •