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You may already know that this sculpture of Diana once served as a weathervane for the second Madison Square Garden building in New York City. But did you know it was the highest point in the city at the time? Find out the fascinating story behind Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Diana during our Spotlight gallery conversations this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 11 a.m.

Diana,” 1892-93, Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Whew—what a fight! In Thomas Eakins’ celebrated boxing picture, fighter Billy Smith takes a short break between rounds at the now-demolished Philadelphia Arena. Find out more about this picture during our Spotlight gallery conversation on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Between Rounds,” 1898-99, Thomas Eakins

How would you like to come across one of these horrifying creatures? In the Hindu tradition, rakshasas are malevolent spirits that feast on human body parts. Discover more about the sculpture that represents these beings during our Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Rakshasas, c. 10th century, India

Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius titled this painting “Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze.” What do you think that means? Find out at our next Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Sine Cerere et Libero friget Venus (Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze),” c 1600–1603, by Hendrick Goltzius

Sculptor Constantin Brancusi returned to the subject of Mademoiselle Pogany several times over twenty years. In this final version, the model’s facial features virtually disappear, her arms become a single fin, and her chignon hairstyle a scalloped cascade strongly reminiscent of contemporary architecture and design. Discover more about this sculpture during our Spotlight Gallery Conversations on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Mademoiselle Pogany [III],” 1931, Constantin Brancusi

Nandi, “The Happy One,” is the sacred bull of the Hindu god Shiva. Find out more about this creature during our Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Nandi, the Sacred Bull of Shiva,” c. 1200–1250, India

Discover the rich symbolism behind this painting that features Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, during our Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Still Life with Terms and a Bust of Ceres,” c. 1630, by Frans Snyders

Danish artist Viggo Johansen portrays his friends, including fellow artists and critics, enjoying an after-dinner conversation. What do you think they’re discussing? Discover more about this painting and its artist during our Spotlight Gallery Conversations this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

My Friends,” 1887, by Viggo Johansen

This painting depicts Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici as the mythological musician and poet Orpheus. The painting may have been executed in celebration of his marriage to Eleonora di Toledo. Discover more about this artwork during our Spotlight Gallery Conversations this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici as Orpheus,” c. 1537–1539, by Agnolo Bronzino