Pagan Gods, North ceiling vault
Pagan Gods, installed 1895, oil on canvas with plaster, glass, and wood reliefs (1999 photo)

Pagan Gods

Sargent installed the first murals at the north end of the Special Collections Hall in 1895. These north ceiling vault paintings portray what he considered to be religion’s dark past, its most material, as opposed to “spiritual,” manifestations: the violent and exotic superstitions surrounding the so-called pagan gods, the “idols of Canaan.”
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