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View looking up at ceiling
Side Aisle murals arranged with tops facing to center
(Click on each artwork to Step Closer)
Colonnade Stairway Decorations
Facing front and Library,
looking straight up
Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Rotunda and Colonnade
The visitor is approximately in the middle of the Grand Stairs, facing down and we are looking straight up. At the top of the image is the Rotunda.
The bottom of the photo is towards the museum front entrance and second level Library. The mural at the bottom, however, is not flat to the ceiling but vertical on a wall. This photograph is taken with a wide angle lens. This mural, called "The Danaïdes," is in a lunette (a semi-circled/arched area) which decorates the entrance to the library. The stairway is actually an open atrium type space that encompasses two floors.
Museum Library Entrance
If we were to continue
down the stairs and then turn around to face back up and in, we would
see the Grand Stairway as shown below.