For the spaces around the grand staircase, Sargent again drew his subjects from classical antiquity, depicting Hercules, Orestes, and other heroes. Apollo and his chariot fly overhead, and representations of Science, Philosophy, and the Unveiling of Truth surround the library entrance.

These murals, and those in the rotunda, were restored for the first time in 1999. The removal of nearly seventy-five years’ accumulation of grime, and the rediscovery of the wall colors and other decorative features Sargent originally planned for the spaces, has restored to its original splendor one of the handsomest museum interiors in America.
View of Sargent’s murals over the stairway and side aisles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (contemporary view)
The Triumph of Religion