Sargent Hall, looking northeast

Description and interpretation

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) is best known today as a painter of brilliant society portraits. In 1890, at the age of thirty-four, the artist embraced the opportunity to demonstrate his skill in mural decoration, a genre that his own era considered superior to portraiture. Triumph of Religion, created between 1890 and 1919, was Sargent’s first and most complex mural cycle, and the work he hoped to make his masterpiece.
Special Collections Hall,
Boston Public Library, looking northeast
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion