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Architecture, Painting and Sculpture Protected by Athena from the Ravages of Time

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Beginning in the late 1870s, in emulation of the elaborate public buildings they admired in Europe, Americans began to decorate their libraries, capitals, churches, and museums with large-scale paintings and sculpture intended to evoke civic pride. Few of the country's artists had any training...

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Lower left: J S S ©

Provenance

The artist; commissioned by the MFA in 1916 for $40,018 (for 21.10500-21.10515), installed in the Rotunda in 1921.

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund

1921

Dimensions

320.36 x 261.3 cm (126 1/8 x 102 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.10513

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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