American (born Ireland), 1848 - 1907
Made in United States
Height: 14 feet 6 inches (442 cm)
Great Stair Hall Balcony, second floor
Gift of the New York Life Insurance Company, 1932
Perched atop the staircase in the Great Hall at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is Augustus Saint-Gaudens Diana. Though the graceful, 14-foot statue makes reference to the Roman goddess of the hunt, her athleticism and elongated shape are thoroughly modern. Diana is used to being put on a pedestal, as Saint-Gaudens originally created her as a weathervane for the second Madison Square Garden in New York City. Atop the Stanford White-designed building she towered as the highest point in the city until the structure was demolished in 1925 and she was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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