Eugene F. Savage's (BFA, 1924) oil mural "symbolizing the inspiration that directs the University's spiritual and intellectual efforts" behind the Sterling Memorial Library circulation desk.
13.5 x 21 cm
Savage, the Leffingwell Professor of Painting, Yale School of the Fine Arts, described his retable as follows: "Under the spreading branches of the tree of knowledge is a golden portal within which stands Alma Mater, laurel crowned, clothed in white, and wearing a blue mantle. She holds in one hand the sphere of learning and in the other an open book illuminated with the ancient characters which 'Lux et Veritas' translate in the seal of the University. On the left of the composition, Light bearing a torch, and Truth holding a mirror have led their followers to make grateful acknowledgment to Alma Mater. Science and Labor present to her the fruits of the earth; Music, Divinity and Literature attend on the right, while the Fine Arts places a figure of Winged Victory at her feet." See Yale University Library Gazette, v.VII:no.3 (1933:Jan), pages 75-76. Truth is depicted in the manner, nude and carrying a mirror, first illustrated by Ripa. Music is identified by a harp, Divinity by the tablets and cross-covered gown, and Literature by a quill and scroll. Alma Mater is garbed in a white gown and blue mantel, the official university colors.
Folder Title: Sterling Memorial Library, Interior: circulation desk
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