Augustus Saint-Gaudens created his original Diana as an eighteen-foot-tall wind vane that was mounted atop the tower at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Installed in October 1891, Diana drew attention as the most conspicuous nude in late nineteenth-century American art. Given the figure’s notoriety, Saint-Gaudens saw financial advantage in issuing statuettes of the work. He did not simply replicate the figure mechanically but modeled his reductions by hand and had them cast by the leading French and American foundries. Elegant statuettes such as this one were marketed through Tiffany and other fine shops.


  • Title: Diana of the Tower
  • Creator: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848/1907
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Cornish, New Hampshire
  • Creator Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
  • Date Created: 1899
  • Physical Dimensions: w36.8 x h99 x d28 cm
  • Type: sculpture
  • Rights: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Ruth Carter Stevenson Acquisitions Endowment, In honor of all who worked on the expansion of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 1999-2001
  • External Link: Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Medium: Bronze

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