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On These Walls: Inscriptions & Quotations in the Library of Congress Paperback – October 30, 2008
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For me, it was not so much the inscriptions, but the ability to actually see the detail of these wonderful examples of classical public art.
Interestingly, the list of artists at the back shows very few name recognition artists. Some are known for studying with the famous. Quite a few have other large scale works in state capitol buildings, libraries and other cultural institutions, parks, etc.
One draw back is that at the maps in the end do not note the locations of the works, you have to flip back and forth for that. Another is that while this book would have been more expensive in a larger format, the content would be much better presented if it were.
This isn't a huge coffee-table book with ad nauseam history and art and architectural analysis, and it doesn't pretend to be. Though slightly oversized, at 10"h x 9"w, it's only 1/2" thick. This is a volume giving you a taste of the inscriptions and the paintings and mosaics that accompany the many inscriptions throughout the three buildings that make up the Library of Congress. Giving the reader just "a taste" makes sense because many of the building inscriptions are in sets. For example, the West Corridor of The Thomas Jefferson Building has a set of inscriptions of the names of eight sciences: zoology, physics, mathematics, geology, archaeology, botany, astronomy and chemistry. Each is accompanied by a romantic/classical painting of a woman representing that science. The book shows you only three of these ladies, but that's enough to give you a good idea of their set-up and style.
The downside, however, is that many of the inscriptions and their illustrations are set high on a wall or ceiling. A photograph is probably the only way to get a view of their details or to even read the writing.
I've had only a couple weekends to explore Washington D.C., enough time to see only a small fraction of what's open to the public. Though I've heard of the beauty of the Library of Congress building, I have yet to see it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My wife saw this book at the Library of Congress and wanted a copy for our library for Christmas. Great buy at a great price.Published 6 months ago by Houseman
After visiting the Library of Congress, I purchased this for our daughter who in a bibliophile. (Lover of books) This is a great reminder of our tour and the beautiful inscriptions... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Sewconsult
I was enthralled by this book! I loved looking at the large photographs of all kinds of artwork in the Library of Congress, much of it on the walls and ceilings. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by L. Looper