Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Goddess Diana

The goddess Diana atop Madison Square Garden
When City Hall was cleaned about ten years ago, many didn't realize that the building was made of marble, assuming the stained facades were simply granite. 

Similarly, few realized that the statue of Diana within the Philadelphia Museum of Art was originally gilded when it stood atop Madison Square Garden and served as the highest point in New York City.

By the time Diana made it to Philadelphia, her gilding was gone and was repaired in the green most are now familiar with.

After a year of restoration, Augustus Saint Gaudens' goddess has returned to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in her original glory.

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