Golden goddess is glowing again
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A symbol of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is once again looking radiant in bright shiny gold after a yearlong restoration.
It’s the 13-foot-tall sculpture of the Roman goddess Diana in an archer’s pose, ready to fire her arrow.
The sculpture has long had a place of prominence and honor in the museum’s central hall.
The work by Augustus Saint-Gaudens originally crowned an early venue for New York’s Madison Square Garden, where it served as a weather vane starting in 1893.
After that building was demolished in 1925, the sculpture was put in storage — its gilded surface severely worn down by the elements. The museum acquired it in 1932.
Museum officials said Thursday 180 square feet of gold leaf was applied over the 700-pound work.
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