Diana

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    Detail of Diana
    1892-93; this cast, 1928
    Gilt bronze
    Accession #: 28.101
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)—August 28, 2010

    Aware of Saint-Gauden’s desire to model a female nude, the architect Stanford White (1853-1906) gave him the commission for a weathervane for the tower of Madison Square Garden (demolished 1925). The first, eighteen-foot tall sculpture proved too large and was replaced in 1894 by a streamlined version, five feet shorter. It became one of New York’s most popular landmarks, and the sculptor capitalized on its success by issuing numerous reductions. This cast is a half-size model of the second version, produced from a cement cast once owned by White. Saint-Gaudens eschewed the traditional full-bodied interpretation of Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt, focusing instead on simple, elegant lines and a strong silhouette. Diana was the only nude in Saint-Gaudens' oeuvre, and like many nude sculptures, it was often chastised by a puritanical public. Nevertheless, Saint-Gaudens viewed Diana as one of the crown jewels in his career.

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    2. rverc 55 months ago | reply

      Great Detail on Diana!!!

    3. hammy15 55 months ago | reply

      so beautiful!!!

    4. Vainsang 55 months ago | reply

      I am in love with that hunter!

    5. FlyPaul 55 months ago | reply

      Great details.
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    6. ROMSKI1 55 months ago | reply

      Nice image

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    8. Orion 2 55 months ago | reply

      Beautiful description and shot!

    9. IngeKühn 55 months ago | reply

      Diana, the huntress!!! Amazing detail! Good catch!

    10. jjjj56cp 55 months ago | reply

      love teh light on this one, Don. Great art of art!

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    12. Jay Heritage Center 55 months ago | reply

      Don -
      This is such a stunning photo!
      St. Gaudens is my favorite sculptor and this is one of the most creative interpretative shots of his Diana that I have ever seen! The Institute for Classical Architecture uses Diana in its logo - of course the camaraderie and teamwork between St. Gaudens and the architects Stanford White and Charles McKim produced some of NY's greatest treasures. You might enjoy their website at:
      www.classicist.org/

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    14. Neil Walker (PT) 54 months ago | reply

      Excelelnt shot of a nice detail.
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    15. lreed76 53 months ago | reply

      Beautiful.

    16. jball359 49 months ago | reply

      Great perspective for this shot

    17. taxxon2705 48 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot: congratulations!

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