Synopses & Reviews
John Singer Sargentand#8217;s Triumph of Religion
at the Boston Public Library, considered to be the artistand#8217;s masterpiece, is one of the most ambitious mural cycles in the history of American art. This book, comprehensively illustrated, examines and documents Sargent Hall as an art installation (constructed between 1890 and 1919) and describes its restoration history, culminating in the authorsand#8217; 2003and#8211;4 restoration.
Sargent (1856and#8211;1925) painted the murals on canvas and enhanced their surfaces with relief materials such as plaster, papier mand#226;chand#233;, metalwork, stencils and patterned cut-outs, and#8220;jewelsand#8221; made of glass, and Lincrusta-Walton, a corrugated commercial wall covering. During the latest restoration, the three-dimensional elements were removed for the first time, leading to a deeper understanding of Sargentand#8217;s experimental approach to making the murals and controlling their environment.
About the Author
Narayan Khandekar is Senior Conservation Scientist at the Harvard Art Museum/Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Gianfranco Pocobene is Head of Conservation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Kate Smith, formerly Paintings Conservator at the Straus Center, works privately.