2005/10/31

Restored Violet Oakley Murals in the PA Capitol






The murals in the Pa State Capitol Building, by Violet Oakley, Edwin Austen Abbey, and William Brantley Van Ingen, have been recently restored as part of the overall restoration of the State Capitol Building. press release

I saw these for the first time last spring, on a tour led by Ruthann Hubbert-Kemper of the PA Capitol Preservation Committee. These photos can give some idea of the beauty of the murals.
Ms. Hubbert-Kemper was instrumental in pushing for and guiding the proper restoration of these murals. Many of the murals had been in a state of neglect, and undergone water damage from leaks in the roof.

Some links to other sites with references to Violet, and her work.

Short bio of Oakley, and picture of senate mural

mentioned in Paul Giambarba's excellent blog on illustration

Oakley Murals in Supreme Court

Sacred Challenge: Violet Oakley and the Pennsylvania Capitol Murals. Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Cmte. 2002. 168p. illus. OCLC # 52372441. ISBN 0-9643048-6-4. pap. $59.95.

"Sacred Challenge chronicles the life and art of Violet Oakley, who, at a time when Pennsylvania women could neither vote nor hold public office, received the largest commission ever given to a female artist: the honor of painting 43 murals in the State Capitol Building. Beautiful color illustrations and photographs bring these works of art to life."

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