Conservators recently restored “Diana,” the best-known work of the most celebrated sculptor of the Gilded Age, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After an extensive study of the artist’s methods and several phases of technical preparation, they made much-needed structural repairs to the sculpture and applied 180 square feet of gold leaf to restore its original shine. To see how much work went into the process, check out here.
Conservators Andrew Lins, Alisa Vignalo, and Adam Jenkins apply gold leaf to “Diana” in the Great Stair Hall.
Asked by Anonymous
Embrace the curiosity that you have been conditioned to forsake. Re-acclimate yourself to celebrating sensation, emotion, and relationships, rather than material possessions that offer no fulfillment. Ground yourself in the moment rather than a labyrinth of abstraction and you will have rediscovered the innate appreciation for living that often becomes obscured in societal obligation, and pressure from blind, neurotic authority figures.
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The unbearably curious among you can find older work from c. 2006 to May 2013 on my FB page:https://www.facebook.com/francispicabia