Diana

  • Hiram Powers, Diana, 1853, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William H. Gerdts, 1973.129

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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.

Title
Diana
Artist
Date
1853
On View
Dimensions
29 3/8 x 21 x 12 7/8 in. (74.7 x 53.3 x 32.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of William H. Gerdts

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – bust
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
  • Mythology – classical – Diana
Object Number
1973.129
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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