Sargent’s murals for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In 1909, the Museum of Fine Arts moved from its original location in Copley Square to Huntington Avenue. Boston architect Guy Lowell designed the new building in the fashionable Beaux-Arts style. This style, which draws on elements of classical and Renaissance architecture, calls for painting and sculpture to decorate a building’s interior. Thus in 1916 the Museum’s trustees hired Sargent to create murals for the Museum’s rotunda, the hub of the building.
Guy Lowell, Beaux-Arts façade of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1920 photo)
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