Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master Of American Sculpture
Airs Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, August 13, 2010
Credit: Courtesy of National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
This feature documentary traces the life and work of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) from his birth in Dublin, Ireland, to his work in New York City and Paris to his death in Cornish, New Hampshire. Trained in Paris and Rome,Saint-Gaudens is considered America's premier sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
During a career that spanned three decades, Saint-Gaudens created nearly 150 works of art, including a number of major public monuments to heroes of the Civil War.
The story of his personal life is woven around in-depth studies of five of his major works of art, including the contemplative Standing Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Chicago; the moving Shaw Memorial on Boston Common; the powerful Sherman Monument in Central Park; the serene Diana in the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the stirring Adams Memorial in Washington, DC.
Actor Victor Garber narrates. (Original Broadcast: December 2009)
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