Heaven, detail of angel's hair Unlike most murals, Triumph of Religion was a multimedia extravaganza, its painted surfaces enhanced by relief materials such as plaster, papier-mâché, metalwork, stencils or patterned cut-outs of various sorts, “jewels” made of glass, and Lincrusta-Walton, a corrugated commercial wall covering used by interior decorators. Sargent gilded or painted the Lincrusta, carefully adjusting it in the process of installation in order to catch and direct light in the manner he desired.
Heaven, detail of angels’ hair
showing Lincrusta-Walton relief elements
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion