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Pediment for the Brooklyn Museum

Daniel Chester French, Adolph Alexander Weinman

American Art

On View: Eastern Parkway Façade
MEDIUM Indiana limestone
DATES 1914
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Eastern Parkway Façade
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CAPTION Daniel Chester French (American, 1850-1931). Pediment for the Brooklyn Museum, 1914. Indiana limestone Brooklyn Museum, 10.232. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, Brooklyn Museum: exterior. View of the Central section from the entrance pathway, 1987. Pediment., S06_BEEi118_cropped_10.232.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1987
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION To the viewer's left, three figures represent Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. On the viewer's right stand Geology, Astronomy, and Biology, the three basic sciences of the earth, sky, and nature. A sphinx on the extreme right symbolizes Knowledge. A peacock at the left is, according to D.C. French, an "emblem of beauty in the appearance of things," as associated with art.
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Pediment for the Brooklyn Museum