Frieze of Angels, detail with dust, Frieze of Prophets, detail of Isaiah

Painting technique (continued)

By the second phase of the murals’ installation, in 1903, Sargent’s materials and techniques had changed radically. Instead of using glossy, saturated paint, he chose matte paint, creating a flatter, more stylized look for the figures. A comparison of the angel shown at left with the earlier figure of the prophet Isaiah demonstrates this marked change in Sargent’s technique.
1. Frieze of Angels,
detail of angel before dust removal
(1999 photo)
2. Frieze of Prophets, detail of Isaiah
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion