Diana

by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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Diana

Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art

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1892-94
Great Stair Hall Balcony, second floor
(215) 763-8100

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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.