More Art Monday: Golden Oldies
A meticulous conservation project recently repaired “Diana” and restored the sculpture’s gilding. How does her luster compare to these golden treasures?

Diana,” 1892–93, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

White Tara,” 18th century, Mongolia or China

Joan of Arc,” c. 1874, by Emmanuel Frémiet

Garuda,” c. 1700–50, Tibet

Candelabrum (one of a pair), c. 1800, France

Recumbent Stag,” early 17th century, Germany

Seated Bodhisattva,” early 8th century, China

Portions of an Armor Garniture, c. 1550, Germany

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Throwback Thursday: “Diana”

Before “Diana” was installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1932, she was repaired at the Roman Bronze Works (shown here) in Corona, NY. Learn more about the statue’s history and recent conservation here.


Is your favorite artwork still in the running? This round of Museum Madness pits “Diana” against “The Japanese Footbridge and Water Lily Pool, Giverny.” Vote here and “like” your favorite to advance to the next round against Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Diana,” 1892–93, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny,” 1899, by Claude Monet

Watch this video about the delicate process of applying gold leaf to Diana’s surface and learn how conservators matted the gilding for interior display to remain true to Saint-Gaudens’s intentions for the goddess of the hunt.

Diana” (detail), 1892–93, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens


To celebrate Presidents’ Day, take a look at some of our nation’s leaders in the Museum’s collection.

“Portrait of George Washington,” 1794, by Adolph Ulrich Wertmüller

Portrait of James Madison,” 20th century, by Howard Finster (© Estate of Howard Finster)

Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt,” early 20th century, by Carlotta Saint-Gaudens

Abraham Lincoln,” 1910s–30s, by Earl Horter

General Eisenhower,” 20th century, by Justin McCarthy

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London binding, ca 1649.

This London binding, which dates to around 1649, is tooled in gold with a skull and the crowned initials CR in the centre; the flat spine is gold tooled with a row of skulls. The initials represent the English King Charles I, who was beheaded in January 1649. The binding is unsigned as was typical of the time.

Upper cover and spine of John Gauden, Eikon Basilike ([London: s.n.], 1648 [i.e.1649]).