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Art and Science

Artist:

Bela Lyon Pratt

Location:

Boston Public Library, at 700 Boylston St.  

Location

Boston Public Library, at 700 Boylston St.
United States
42° 20' 58.1136" N, 71° 4' 38.442" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1911

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

City of Boston / Boston Public Library

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

These two seated allegorical female figures—one representing Art, holding a palette and a paintbrush, and the other representing Science, holding a sphere—welcome visitors to the entrance of the Boston Public Library. The sculptures were created by Bela Lyon Pratt after his mentor Augustus Saint-Gaudens died, leaving his design for the library incomplete. Inside the building, more art awaits, including a cycle of murals by renowned American painter John Singer Sargent.

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