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Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Diana
1889
bronze
24 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 13 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



This small sculpture is a first study for the huge figure of the mythical huntress Diana, fashioned in gilded copper, that once stood atop the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Like many artists of the Gilded Age, Saint-Gaudens looked to the classical past for inspiration. Combining athletic form with formal grace, pure in proportion and line from all angles, the sculpture pays homage to antiquity and to America's cultural aspirations at the turn of the century.