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Aderente, Vincent 1880-1941  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland 1848-1936  Search this
Foringer, Alonzo E. 1878-1948  Search this
Oil on canvas
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Morss Dining and Activity Area Cambridge Massachusetts 02139
King, Glenn, 2008.
Weiner, Mina Rieur, ed., "Edwin Howland Blashfield: Master American Muralist," New York, NY: W. W. Norton and Company, 2009, pg. 102 and 126.
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
"The central seated figure is Alma Mater holding Victory in her right hand, while her left hand rests on the Seal of the Institute. On her lap lies a great seal of the State of Massachusetts. The world at her feet is shown by a terrestrial globe supported by a cherub. On her right is a personified representation of learning through the printed pages, and on her left a similar figure representing knowledge through experiment. The figures turned toward Alma Mater on either side of the center represent the various branches of knowledge, such as chemistry, history, metallurgy, electricity, physics, geology, mathematics, agriculture, biology, and design. The lower part of the pictur erepresents the Charles River Basin with a misty suggestion ofthe Technology Buildings in the distance, while at the right an dleft, the sacred fires burn eternally."
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Education  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Mathematics  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Biology  Search this
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IAP 78460090
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums