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Boston Design Center Suite 429
now stands opposite the Massachusetts State
House. Still unsatisfied, the artist created the
later version that is displayed today on Aspet’s
grounds. As the soldiers are shown in deepest
bas–relief marching four abreast, their bronze
faces register the gravity of men who know
they’re going to die for their cause.
More than 100 examples of Saint-Gaudens’s art are on the site’s grounds and in
its galleries, including a famous gilt bas relief
called “Amor Caritas,” which translates to
“love and charity.” It stands in an open courtyard of The Atrium, one of the galleries built
on the site of the large studio.
Among the most interesting sculputures
is a half-size version of “Diana.” The naked
huntress poised with a bow was originally created as an 18-foot weather vane for Stanford
White’s magnificent 1885 Madison Square
Garden, which was demolished in 1925.
“Diana” has the features of Saint-Gaudens’s
Swedish mistress, with whom he secretly maintained a second family in Connecticut while
he remained married.
In 1900, after Saint-Gaudens underwent
cancer surgery, Aspet became his full-time
home. He continued working there until his