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Lunette, Rotunda, Morgan Library, 2009

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Lunette, Rotunda, Morgan Library, 2009


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Street Address:

33 East 36th Street


Lieberman, Ralph

Other Creator:

Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928


View of the old entrance to the Morgan library, 33 East 36th Street. Built 1903-1906 ; Architect: Charles McKim of McKim, Meade & White. The rotunda connected the building's three main rooms: J.P. Morgan's study, J.P. Morgan's library, and the librarian's office. Visitors now enter through a side door which connects the McKim building to the Renzo Piano atrium.

Description continued:

The rotunda's dome rises above the composite capitals of the hall's white marble pilasters and green marble columns. The dome's murals are by Henry Siddons Mowbray who looked to Italian Renaissance prototypes when designing his decorative scheme. Pictured is the lunette on the west wall of the rotunda. Mowbray's mural depicts the muse of Lyrical Poetry flanked by poets Tasso and Petrarch.

Landmark Name:

Pierpont Morgan Library and Annex

Previously known as:


  • Murray Hill Neighborhood (New York, N.Y.)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library
  • Interior architecture
  • Art, Italian -- Influence
  • Mural painting and decoration
  • Poets in art

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Contributing Institution:

City University of New York. Graduate School and University Center.


Mina Rees Library; City University of New York. Graduate School and University Center.


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