Violet Oakley, Aviation

Violet Oakley: Aviation (1910-1911) Oil on canvas
Title
Aviation
Date
1910-1911
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of the South Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1963
Dimensions
29 x 29 1/8 in.

And in the depiction of the third and most recent scientific achievement, an aviator pilots an airplane, thus fulfilling Leonardo da Vinci’s great aspiration. These images of American scientific advances contribute to the House of Wisdom murals’ overarching representation of the United States as the natural heir to the great achievements of the Renaissance and ancient world.

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