Frieze of Prophets

Portraits in the Prophets

Among the works that make up Sargent’s Triumph of Religion at the Library, the Frieze of Prophets—a procession of sixteen life-sized figures—most clearly reveals his achievement as a portraitist. Sargent created highly individualized, vital human figures that contrast sharply with the stylized figures in the lunette and vault above them.
Frieze of Prophets, below Israelites Oppressed lunette
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion