Frieze of Prophets, detail of Malachi and Zechariah

Reworking earlier paintings

Sargent sometimes made significant alterations to mural surfaces that he had painted earlier. For example, he originally painted the entire background of Frieze of Prophets, which was installed in 1895, a tan color, as shown in this image of the east wall. Sargent would rethink his handling of the frieze’s background eight years later.
Frieze of Prophets,
detail of Malachi and Zechariah
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion