Dogma of the Redemption, south wall

Dogma of the Redemption (continued)

Sargent composed the south wall in three parts—lunette, frieze, and crucifix—and called the entire ensemble Dogma of the Redemption. The north end of the room charted what he considered the positive movement from polytheism through emerging monotheism to subjective inspiration (as seen in the prophets); the south wall, in contrast, suggested religion’s subsequent regression. In other words, the south wall does not depict redemption per se, but rather the dogma of redemption: Christianity fossilized in its doctrinal articulation.
Dogma of the Redemption, south wall, installed 1903
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion