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]). 


Do you have a favorite architectural space in our building? Let it inspire you to make your own blue prints at Build It!, this Sunday’s pay what you wish Family Festival.

Diana,” 1892–93, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, as seen in the Great Stair Hall

Cloister with Elements from the Abbey of Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines,” 1270–80s, made in France

Portal from the Abbey Church of Saint-Laurent,” c. 1120–50, made in France

Portrait of Mary Louise McBride (Mrs Homer Saint-Gaudens), 1929. Louis Buisseret (Belgian, 1888-1956). Oil on canvas.

The sitter, Mary Louise McBride, was the second wife of the critic, stage director and writer Homer Saint-Gaudens;  they were married in Pittsburgh in 1929, the year this portrait was painted, so it may be considered as a twentieth-century contribution to the long tradition of marriage portraits.