The Triumph of Time: Art for the Ages

As you enter the Boston Public Library - McKim Building, you are surrounded with some amazing art work. There are murals and sculptures all throughout the library. The Jonathan Singer Sargent murals are simply spectacular. They encompass an entire gallery. There are two amazing lion sculptures, which I have blogged about previously, which honor the Civil War sacrifice of Massachusetts natives on the battle field.


There is an obscure room which is part a series of rooms which connect the McKim building to the Johnson building. Many people walk through this room called the Elliot Room and never glance upward. What you will see are two very intricate and LARGE ceiling murals. It makes you wonder how you could miss them walking through many times. They are called, "The Triumph of Time." I snapped some photos of them and found this nice description of the panels you can find below. I thought this was a fitting blog post to welcome in the new year...

"The painting contains thirteen winged figures.  The twelve female figures represent the Hours, and the one male figure, Time.  The Christian Centuries are typified by twenty horses arranged in five rows, of four each.  In each row the two center horses are side by side, and between these and the outer horses are two winged female figures representing Hours.   On either side of the cart in which is the figure of Time are the Hours of Life and Death.  The design -- viewed from the doorway of the adjoining room at the front of the Research Library building -- begins near the left-hand corner and describes a semi-circle, with a downward sweep over an effect of clouds, back to the left again, to a point about two-thirds across the canvas, and culminates in a disk, the sun, before which are the leading horse and the figure typifying the Twentieth Century.  In the nearer right-hand corner is a crescent moon with a full disk faintly showing.  The decoration is divided in the center by a beam, but notwithstanding this division, the composition is consecutive."




HAPPY NEW YEAR from Crazy as a Cool Fox
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