Art: Lady Higher Up

When heavy-jowled Stanford White, one of the country's most talented architects, was commissioned to design the original Madison Square Garden, an arena in New York to house circuses, horse shows, prize fights, dog shows, a beer garden and cabaret, he found it suitable to clap a copy of Seville's Giraldo Tower on one side and then get his good friend Augustus St. Gaudens to set a 13-ft. nude Greek goddess tiptoe on the Moorish-Gothic-Renaissance cathedral belfry. Beyond its inappropriateness, the Garden tower was a lovely thing and New York cherished her Diana. For...

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