[Great Hall. Detail of ceiling and cove showing sculpture of two female half-figures. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.] (LOC)

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    Highsmith, Carol M.,, 1946-, photographer.

    [Great Hall. Detail of ceiling and cove showing sculpture of two female half-figures. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.]

    2007.

    1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

    Notes:
    Exhibit caption: "Figures of genius. At the corners of the ceiling are two female figures holding a shield showing the traditional symbols of learning, a torch and a book. The figures are made of stucco and were created by Philip Martiny (French sculptor, 1858-1927). Stars surround the figures, and cherubs fly above them." (Source: MyLOC.gov Great Hall exhibit, 2008)
    Title devised by Library staff.
    Forms part of the Library of Congress Series in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

    Subjects:
    Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building (Washington, D.C.)--2000-2010.
    Ceilings--Washington (D.C.)--2000-2010.
    Architectural decorations & ornaments--Washington (D.C.)--2000-2010.
    Murals--Washington (D.C.)--2000-2010.

    Format: Digital photographs--Color--2000-2010.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

    More information about the Highsmith Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.highsm

    Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.02006

    Call Number: LOT 13860 [item]

    1. Carol M.Highsmith 21 months ago | reply

      This is Carol M. Highsmith. I was chosen to photograph the interior of the Thomas Jefferson Building. It took me quite some time to get a handle on all of the facets of art in the Great Hall. As you can see, even the ceiling has artistic details. I would take an image, then go home and study it on my computer up close. Just walking around in the Thomas Jefferson building is an experience and it is difficult to take it all in because there are artistic statements everywhere.

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