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"The Search for Light" octagonal, from the mural series "The Building of the House of Wisdom," Charlton Yarnall House

Date
1910–11
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1963
Dimensions
29 x 29 1/8 in

Description & Inscriptions

Arching over the lunette Man and Science were three octagonal panels celebrating the technological innovations that were shaping the new century, Communion throughout Space, The Search for Light, and Aviation.

In The Search for Light, a scientist leans into his book, like the Prophet Daniel in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. The glowing cathode tube on the table suggests that he may be English scientist Michael Faraday trying to understand the invisible source of light.

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