Pediment for the Brooklyn Museum
On View: Eastern Parkway Façade
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.
Daniel Chester French (American, 1850-1931). Pediment for the Brooklyn Museum, 1914. Indiana limestone Brooklyn Museum, 10.232. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, S06_BEEi118_cropped_10.232.jpg)
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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