Diana

Artist: Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)

Date: 1893–94, cast 1894 or after

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 28 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 14 in. (71.8 x 41.3 x 35.6 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.353

Description

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.

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