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Woodmere Art Museum Announces Announces Violet Oakley: The Building of the House of Wisdom Exhibition

The Woodmere Art Museum presents Violet Oakley: The Building of the House of Wisdom an exhibition on view September 25, 2011 – November 6, 2011.

In 1910–11, Violet Oakley collaborated with architect Frank Miles Day on a monumental mural cycle for the entrance hall of a town house designed for Charlton Yarnall at 17th and Locust Streets in Philadelphia. Inspired by Oakley’s love of Renaissance art, her original design included a central glass dome, three large lunettes, four pendentives, and six smaller octagonal panels built into the architecture. The completed mural cycle was a metaphor for the progression of human civilization.

Image: Violet Oakley Woodmere Art Museum

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