Pagan Gods, detail of archer and serpent

Materials in the Sargent murals: Introduction

Sargent used an astonishing variety of materials to create the Triumph of Religion murals, applying relief elements in wood, metal, paper, glass, and other materials to his oil-painted canvas. He gilded and painted many of these relief elements to heighten their visual impact.
Pagan Gods, detail of archer and serpent;
the serpent and the archer’s bow and arrows
are gilded plaster reliefs
(2002 photo)
The Triumph of Religion