Architecture, Painting and Sculpture Protected by Athena from the Ravages of Time
John Singer Sargent887
Oil on canvas
320.36 x 261.3 cm (126 1/8 x 102 7/8 in.)
Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (21.10513)
Commissioned by the MFA in 1916 for $40,018 (for 21.10500-21.10515), installed in the Rotunda in 1921.
Commentary from the MFA site
Beginning in the late 1870s, in emulation of the elaborate public buildings they admired in Europe, Americans began to decorate their libraries, capitals, churches, and museums with large-scale paintings and sculpture intended to evoke civic pride. [Commentary continued below]