On the east side of the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building, this exquisite mosaic portrays Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and the guardian of civilization. The mosaic was created by American painter Elihu Vedder (1836-1923).
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Built in the style of the Italian Renaissance and opened in 1987, the Jefferson Building features an elaborately decorated façade and interior created by more than forty American painters and sculptors. This unique blending of art and architecture celebrates the universality of knowledge and symbolizes American optimism at the turn of the twentieth century.
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