Saint Gaudens

The Eugénie Prendergast Exhibitions of American Art are made possible by a grant from Jan and Warren Adelson.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the Laurence Levine Charitable Fund, Inc.

Exhibition objects

  • Necklace

    Florence Koehler (1861–1944)

    Date: ca. 1905
    Accession Number: 23.125

  • Mourning Ring

    Possibly Elmkin Hitchcock (1726–1788)

    Date: 1758
    Accession Number: 23.80.78

  • A Mother's Pearls

    Thomas Seir Cummings (American (born England), Bath 1804–1894 Hackensack, New Jersey)

    Date: 1841
    Accession Number: 28.148.1

  • Ring

    Probably Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

    Date: 1900–1910
    Accession Number: 41.84.11

  • Ring

    Probably Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

    Date: ca. 1910
    Accession Number: 41.84.12

  • Watch and Pin

    Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

    Date: 1870s
    Accession Number: 41.84.15a, b

Featured Media

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, New Yorker, and His Metropolitan Museum

Program information

The centenary of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's passing was commemorated with activities ranging from film screenings to scholarly panels, and culminated in the Met's exhibition, Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view from June 30 through November 15, 2009. Curator Thayer Tolles discusses the reappraisal of Saint-Gaudens's prolific role in the history of late nineteenth-century American sculpture and the Aesthetic Movement, and also considers the artist's relationship with the Metropolitan Museum during his lifetime.

Thayer Tolles, curator, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Learn more about Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s famous Diana:

Learn more about the American Wing’s collections of sculpture:

Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

June 30–November 15, 2009

Accompanied by a Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns some forty-five sculptures by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), the American Beaux-Arts sculptor who worked in New York, Paris, and Cornish, New Hampshire. The Museum's collection fully represents the range of his oeuvre—from early cameos to innovative painterly bas-reliefs to reductions after public monuments for East Coast cities. Through the lens of the Museum's unparalleled holdings as well as some related loans, this exhibition offers a reappraisal of Saint-Gaudens's groundbreaking role in the history of late nineteenth-century American sculpture and the Aesthetic Movement.

Related Links

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The Saint-Gaudens Memorial

Left: Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, 1848–1907). Diana, 1893–94; this cast, 1894 or after. Bronze; 28 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 14 in. (718.8 x 41.3 x 35.6 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1985 (1985.353)

See the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History for essays related to this exhibition:

American Bronze Casting
American Relief Sculpture
American Neoclassical Sculptors Abroad
Bronze Statuettes of the American West, 1850–1915
From Model to Monument: American Public Sculpture, 1865–1915
Industrialization and Conflict in America: 1840–1875
Americans in Paris, 1860–1900
America Comes of Age: 1876–1900