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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

Join us for the next Spotlight Gallery Conversation and discover more about Thomas Eakins’s most famous painting, “The Gross Clinic,” which shocked viewers when first exhibited. Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic),” 1875, by Thomas Eakins 

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

The Italian artist Canaletto was famous for his views of Venice, such as this one. Discover more about this painting during our next Spotlight Gallery Conversation on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day,” c. 1745, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

The Austrian designer and architect Josef Hoffmann designed this armchair in the Wiener Werkstätte (or Vienna Workshop) style. Learn more about Hoffmann’s work at our next Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Armchair,” designed c. 1908 by Josef Hoffman

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

This gorgeous artwork will have you looking up–literally. Discover more about this Chinese ceiling and its decoration during our next Spotlight Gallery Conversations, this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Ceiling from the Hall of Great Wisdom (Dazhidian) at the Temple of Wisdom Attained (Zhihuasi), Beijing, c. 1444, Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

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

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

This small sculpture depicts the biblical figure of David standing over the head of the giant warrior Goliath, whom he vanquished. Discover more about this artwork and the artist who created it during our next Spotlight Gallery Conversation on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

David with the Head of Goliath,” 1490s, attributed to Bartolomeo Bellano

Are you an American Civil War history buff? Learn about the troops of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry during our Spotlight Gallery Conversations this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry,” after 1861, United States

Have you spent time looking at the Museum’s giant tapestries hanging in the Great Stair Hall Balcony? Discover more about them during our next Spotlight Gallery Conversation, which will focus on the “Tapestry showing the Baptism of Constantine” by Peter Paul Rubens. This Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Tapestry showing the Baptism of Constantine” from the series known as “The History of Constantine the Great,” 1623–25, figural composition designed in 1622 by Peter Paul Rubens

Discover more about this painting—which depicts Jesus Christ as “Salvator Mundi” or Savior of the World—at one of this week’s Spotlight Gallery Conversations, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Salvator Mundi in a Landscape,” c. 1510–30, by Master of the Mansi Magdalene