The Thomas Jefferson Building: A Virtual Tour of the Library of Congress

The Librarian's Room
Grecian Female Figures

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Surrounding the ceiling painting of Letters is plaster ornamentation in low relief by Albert Weinert. There are two slightly different alternating Grecian female figures holding a garland. Below them are square panels in which there is an open book. These, in turn, alternate with ovals, each containing an octagonal panel with an owl. Between each Grecian figure is a palm branch with a hexagonal panel above. These panels contain the lamp of learning. The open book, owl, and lamp symbols, used throughout the Jefferson Building, represent wisdom and learning. The dome also features decorative urns, fluttering ribbons, and bay leaf swags.

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