Ministering of the Gift pageant, Richmond, Virginia
Photo assemblage of figural groups from “Ministering of the Gift” pageant, Richmond, Virginia, 1913*
Many audiences interpreted Frieze of Prophets in an explicitly institutional fashion, reintroducing the formal, collective displays of devotion that Sargent’s Triumph of Religion meant to locate in the past. For example, in 1913, at a national convention of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Richmond, Virginia, nineteen young women “performed” the Frieze of Prophets as part of an elaborate outdoor pageant with 600 participants and 5,000 to 6,000 spectators. Thus Sargent’s Frieze found itself transported to an entirely new arena—a public park—in an evangelical Christian gathering of youth leaders.
The Triumph of Religion