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

The Members of Congress Room
Indigo Ceiling Panel - Spectrum of Light

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The ceiling panel closest to the north fireplace, and the last color of the spectrum, indigo, represents the Light of Science. The central figure signifies Astronomy exploring the movement of the stars. Astronomy is guided by the soul as symbolized in the butterfly above her head. The cherubs in the corner are involved in phases of astronomical study, including looking through a telescope, studying books, making calculations, and explaining the theory of mathematics as illustrated by one of the cherubs showing on the fingers of the hand that one is the unit of everything.

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