Hunting the moon

Saint-Gaudens' Diana

Diana, 1892–93; this cast, 1928
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, 1848–1907)
Bronze, gilt (link)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Known for his realistic and often heroic portraiture, Saint-Gaudens found in Diana an opportunity to work in an ideal vein. His interpretation of the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt eschews the traditional full-bodied huntress, instead focusing on simple, elegant lines and a strong silhouette reminiscent of a New England weathervane.

It’s quite lovely, yes?

Photo edited in Camera Genius for iPhone. I’ve started a set of Midtown Manhattan mobile photos on Flickr. I’m playing around with different effects, if it seems like the photos lack a consistent “look”!

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