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Panels - Struggle for the Beautiful - by Bruno Louis Zimm
17-OCT-2007 Andrys Basten

Panels - 'Struggle for the Beautiful' - by Bruno Louis Zimm

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

(See top-right figure closer up in next shot.)

From the book "Jewel of the City"
"Around the entablature of the noble octagonal rotunda are repeated Bruno Louis Zimm's three panels,
representing "The Struggle for the Beautiful." (p. 114.) In one, Art, as a beautiful woman, stands in
the center, while on either side the idealists struggle to hold back the materialists, here conceived
as centaurs, who would trample upon Art. In another, Bellerophon is about to mount Pegasus. Orpheus
walks ahead with his lyre, followed by a lion, representing the brutish beasts over whom music hath
power. Back in the procession come Genius, holding aloft the lamp, and another figure bearing in one
hand the pine cones of immortality, in the other a carved statue which she holds forward as a lesson
in art to the youth before her. In the third panel appears Apollo, god of all the arts, in the midst
of a procession of his devotees bearing garlands. Between the panels are repeated alternately male and
female figures, symbolizing those who battle for the arts."

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Andrys Basten04-Mar-2010 02:57
Karen, the lighting that day was unusually beautiful. I was just driving by when I saw it and
stopped for awhile. Glad you like it. The information on the Palace interested me
because I was born in San Francisco and had never really paid attention to the details of
the buildings before. Thanks for stopping to let me know you enjoyed it. :-) 03-Mar-2010 20:42
This is the most stunning, colorful photo I have seen of the Palace of Fine Arts. Thank you for including the information about the panels, which is new to me.
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