"Diana"

Head south towards the road taking the path on your left. You'll notice a large gilded-bronze statue. "Diana"  by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 - 1907) is a gift from Miranda and Robert Donnelley in honor of Nancy Mato, longtime vice president and curator of The Society of the Four Arts.

Saint-Gaudens is credited with reinvigorating American sculpture away from the Neoclassical to a more naturalistic style. By 1900 his position as the foremost American sculptor of his era was undisputed, and his sculpture of “Diana” is today considered one of his most important works of art.

“Diana” the Roman goddess of the chase, was originally designed in 1891 as an 18-foot high weathervane for the top of the tower of Madison Square Garden in New York City. In 1894 a smaller (13’) and lighter version replaced it and remained until the building was demolished in 1925 and the sculpture was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The sculpture’s popularity led to several smaller sized versions being created from the original model. Our sculpture is 8 feet high and from a limited edition of six cast in 1979. The first from this edition was cast for the centennial of the new Madison Square Garden and is slightly different as the foot stands on a full ball on an armature so it can revolve.