MACMONNIES, Frederick William

Brooklyn, NY 1863 - New York, NY 1937






Dimensions (HxWxD): 14 feet x 7 12 feet

Photo credit: Ph. Wikimedia/Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress's Prints and Phootographs Division/highsm.03147

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  • Library of Congress, Main Building (Thomas Jefferson Building), 1st Street, SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street, main entrance


  • 1974 Goode
    James M. Goode, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C., A Comprehensive Historical Guide, Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, p. 72-73


  • 1974 Goode, p. 72-73:
    Three sets of double bronze doors (...) are found at the main entrance above the grand staircase facing the Capitol. (...) The tympanums above the doors represent "Tradition, Writing, Printing, the principal means by which, as civilizations have evolved, man has communicated and preserved the record of the world he knows". (...) The center doors, beneath the tympanum of Printing, contain female figures symbolic of the Humanities and the Intellect. In the tympanum is Minerva Diffusing the Products of Typographical Art. Prominent, in addition to the Roman goddess of wisdom, are Pegasus, the winged horse (Poetic Inspiration); a stork (Filial Piety); an hourglass; an inking ball; a printer's stick; and an early printing press.
    The other doors are by sculptors Olin Warner and Herbert Adams.