Glory at the National Gallery (Favorites from the National Gallery, 12)

One of the great delights of wandering a museum in person (rather than online or in a book) is serendipity. I hadn’t realized the gilded plaster cast of Sherman’s Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth is now at the National Gallery: I’d seen the original on Boston Common years ago, and seen this plaster years ago at the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site – which is worth a trip if you’re a fan of Saint Gaudens or sculpture in general.)

The National Gallery’s site gives an overview and offers a few pics that unfortunately don’t capture the glow of the gilding – which has the lovely luster that Saint Gaudens’s Sherman in New York has since its recent renovation.

Augustus Saint Gaudens, Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th. 1884. Gilded plaster cast at Washington, National Gallery, on loan from Saint Gaudens National Historic Site.

Augustus Saint Gaudens, Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th. 1884. Gilded plaster cast at Washington, National Gallery, on loan from Saint Gaudens National Historic Site.

Alas, without lighting equipment, my pics don’t capture the glow either. You’ll just have to go see it yourself.

I found (as I often do) that framing details for a photo made me look more sharply at them than I would if I didn’t have a camera in hand. All the photos below are copyright (c) 2016 Dianne L. Durante.

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About Dianne L. Durante

I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others who need and enjoy such art, but don't have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.

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