Sargent Hall, looking southeast Sargent chose the content of the murals with their intended location—the Library’s Special Collections Hall (later known as Sargent Hall)—firmly in mind. If the Boston Public Library was, in the words of Sargent’s contemporaries, the city’s “shrine of letters” and its “temple of civilization,” the special collections on the third floor persuasively established this reputation. Here literate Boston stored and consulted its most sacred intellectual treasures. Sargent designed art that evoked the popular notion of the Library as a shrine to Western culture.
Special Collections Hall,
Boston Public Library, looking southeast
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion