"Music and Painting" Detail
These two Byzantine-style mosaic murals by Helen Bruton and F. Alston Swift were installed in 1936, two years after the Art Gallery opened. They are located on the eastern facade, flanking the building’s double entrance. Each mural measures 18′ by 10′.
“The left (Swift) panel is said to allegorically depict music and painting. There is a woman with a violin, and a woman with an easel. The right (Bruton) panel is said to depict Sculpture and Dance (a man seated behind a partially carved stone block, and three woman dancers).”
Archives of American Art 1964 Interview with the artists: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/bruton64.htm http://newdealartregistry.org/