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“Diana Reigns: How Philadelphia Saved the Golden Goddess”

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Athenaeum of Philadelphia

219 South 6th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Diana’s rescue and triumphal installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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In 1893, famed American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created a new version of the Roman goddess Diana to top New York’s Madison Square Garden. Designed by his dear friend and collaborator Stanford White three years before, the Garden boasted the tallest tower in America as Diana’s pedestal. This illustrated talk and reading from art historian Suzanne Hinman’s new book, The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture in Gilded Age New York, will examine the story of this beautiful sculpture—its models, creation, installation on the tower, surprising public reception, its sad removal when the Garden was razed, the search to find a new home, and the remarkable set of coincidences and circumstances that led to Diana’s rescue and triumphal installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Suzanne Hinman holds a Ph.D. in American art history and has been a curator, gallerist, museum director, professor, and an art model. She owned an art gallery in Santa Fe and then served as director of galleries at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the world's largest art school. Her interest in the artists and architects of the American Gilded Age and the famed Cornish Art Colony in New Hampshire grew while associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. The author continues to reside near Cornish as an independent scholar.

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