A Sacred Challenge: Violet Oakley And The Pennsylvania Capitol Murals
At a time before women could vote or hold elected office in Pennsylvania, one woman, Violet Oakley, was commissioned to paint 43 murals in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. The work propelled her to the forefront of the American art world, and freed her to pursue her passion for peace and world harmony. Her Capitol murals are her timeless message, one while she termed a sacred challenge. The first book to tell the story of the female artist who adorned the walls of one of America's greatest public buildings, the Pennsylvania Capitol Building and a selection of Library Journal's 2003 Best List of Notable Government Documents. Foreword by Beatrice B. Garvan, Philadelphia Museum of Art Curator Emeritus.
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