After another excellent breakfast at the hotel we packed up and left our bags with the bellman.
We walked across the street to the Boston Public Library. It is an amazingly beautiful building. Hard to imagine a time where money like this was spent on public buildings.
On the top floor of the main staircase is a room filled with vivid wall murals by John Singer Sargent.
The murals show many scenes from the Bible at both ends, and on the sides shows scenes from Christianity on one side and Judaism on the other. It is epic in both subject and scale, much more so than anything else I’ve seen in America. The scale, along with the style reminds me of the Slav Epic by Mucha. I’m not sure it is the most ‘beautiful’ of art, it may be a big gaudy and melodramatic, but it is vivid and detailed, and fun to follow along with the stories they represent.
Then, just a floor down, another room contained an epic rendition of the story of the Holy Grail. The planners of the building sure liked their epic tales.
I would love to spend a day or two just sitting at a table in beautiful surroundings, working on projects uninterrupted. Magical!