Reproduction of Frieze of Prophets, Jewish Community Center Library, Rochester, NYThe popularity of Sargent’s Frieze in both Jewish and Christian contexts indicates that the image easily accommodated divergent religious readings. What served as Christian devotional art in one setting could serve to assert the vitality of Jewish culture in another. Elsewhere, moving from one library to the next, Sargent’s Frieze in reproduction conveyed the secular association with scholarship, books, and enlightenment through education that pertained in Boston.
Reproduction of Frieze of Prophets
Jewish Community Center library,
Rochester, New York (photo ca. 1940?)
The Triumph of Religion