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Diana

1853 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 marble 29 3/8 x 21 x 12 7/8 in. (74.7 x 53.3 x 32.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William H. Gerdts 1973.129 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Hiram Powers modeled Diana for Lucius Manlius Sargent, who requested an ideal bust of a new subject. The figure of Diana was based on his sculpture America. To create a unique design, he altered her drapery and added a moon to the stars on her tiara. While carving the first marble replica for Sargent, Powers abandoned two blocks of marble before he found one with no flaws or obvious veins of color. The Museum’s version, carved in 1853, was discovered in an antique shop in Portugal more than a century later. It may have been commissioned by Lord Overstone or Peter Fairbairn, two of the artist’s patrons from England.

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Dress - historic - classical dress

Figure female - bust

Mythology - classical - Diana

sculpture

stone - marble

About Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873

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