For my practice tour in week 8, I am going to do some rearranging. Here is the new and full order:
1st stop – The Family – North Corridor/1st Floor – Charles Sprague Pearce paintings (p. 28). Include welcome and intro remarks. Learning relationships.
2nd stop – Great Hall – Philip Martiny’s putti, Martiny’s Lampbearers, Olin Warner’s figures on the arch (The Students). Dedication and dates of completion of the Jefferson Bldg. History of LOC since 1897.
3rd stop – Government – Reading Room Lobby – Elihu Vedder paintings (p. 36)
4th stop – Mainz Bibles and Evolution of the Book – East Corridor/1st floor – John White Alexander paintings (p. 33).
5th stop – Second floor – West Sciences Corridor. History of library in the Capitol Bldg, prehistory in New York and Philadelphia, and subsequent move to Jefferson. Paintings by Walter Shirlaw (p. 44). Location of Bacon Shrine which held Declaration of Independence.
6th stop – 2nd floor – North Corridor. Paintings by Robert Reid (5 Senses, 4 circular panels (p. 46 in Smalls, p. 79 in On These Walls). Four circular panels, east to west, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Philosophy. In the ceiling vault, the five senses: Taste, Sight, Smell, Hearing, and Touch, through which we interact and learn about the physical world.
On the ends are Pompeiian panels by George Maynard: Industry and Concordia on the west wall and Fortitude and Justice on the east wall.
Above the west window, Roland Hinton Perry’s priestess and a Samuel Johnson quote, “The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.” Other quotes are from Pope, Cicero, and Emerson. Recommend the book “On These Walls” in the bookstore (the first edition, if you can find it, is better with the quotes. The second edition has better photos.)
7th stop – 2nd floor – South Corridor. Paintings by Benson (the 3 Graces & the 4 Seasons) p. 50).
There were three Graces in Greek Mythology: Aglaia, the Grace that symbolized Beauty, Euphrosyne, the Grace of Delight and Thalia, the Grace of Blossom. According to Greek poet Pindar, these enchanting goddesses were created to fill the world with pleasant moments and goodwill.
Point out The Virtues by George Maynard on either end (p. 52).
8th stop – 2nd floor – East Corridor. Paintings by Barse (p. 48). Hold and prep for Reading Room Gallery stop. Mention Printer’s Marks.
9th stop – Stairs to Reading Room. Reading Room. Stairs down from Reading Room. Hold at Blashfield print.