The Paintings

Using figures and symbols from Roman and Greek mythology paired with New York buildings and landscapes, the artist charts major milestones in human progress—in terms of art, science, technology, modernization, liberty, democracy, and quality of life. The earliest panels, such as Architecture, Astronomy & Geography, and Medicine & Chemistry, combine theory and practical skills. Another eight, including Theseus, the Pathfinder, feature modern inventions to show how far humankind had progressed by the early 20th century. The final paintings reflect a patriotic thme, with subjects such as The Standard, The United States Military Academy, and the Shaft of Union. Taken together, these paintings—originally gracing the entrances of the State Library Main Reading Room, the Law Library, and the Periodicals Library—complement the Rotunda’s architectural nobility and its aura of intellectual enlightenment.

  • Architecture
  • Aspiration
  • Aspiration
  • Astronomy and Geography
  • Clio
  • Echo
  • Fortuna, The Pacemaker
  • Hope, The Permissive Law
  • Hygeia
  • Icarus, The Sky-Soarer
  • Jason, The Precursor
  • Justitia, The Liberator
  • Life Giving Fountain
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and Chemistry
  • Minerva Guistiniani
  • Minerva Guistiniani
  • Music
  • New York State Seal
  • Painting
  • Pan
  • Pan
  • Patria, The Inspirer
  • Prometheus, The Power-Giver
  • Sculpture
  • Shaft of Union
  • The Standard
  • Theseus, The Pathfinder
  • United States Military Academy
  • University of the State of New York
  • Veritas, The Eternal