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.
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
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.
cover and spine of John Gauden, Eikon Basilike ([London: s.n.],
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.