Stained glass, Doheny Memorial Library main hall

Wilbur Herbert Burnham designed the stained glass in the main hall of the Doheny Memorial Library. The design was inspired by fifteenth century English glass.

 

The top tier of medallions contains symbolic representations of great scholars. Each medallion is framed with a border of laurel, symbolizing honor and reward. Appropriate dates in pure color are woven into the quarry backgrounds. The pen and inkwell, symbolizing letters, and the lamp, symbolizing knowledge, are decorative features of the background:
North side, left to right:
  • Socrates is represented as holding a scroll, and the cup of hemlock is worked into the design. His dates are given as 468-399BC:

 

  • Plato is depicted with the book and scroll, symbolizing "The Republic" and other writings. His dates are given as 427-347BC:

 

 

  • Aristotle is shown holding the scroll and rule. His dates are given as 384-322BC:

 

South side, left to right:
  • Moses Maimonides, great Jewish philosopher, humanitarian, physician, theologican and man of letters, is shown holding a book, which represents his "Guide". His dates are given as 1135-1204:

 

  • St. Thomas Aquinas is shown holding a book, and the sun is represented on his breast. His dates are given as 1225-1274:

 

 

  • Francis Bacon is holding an open book. His dates are given as 1561-1626:

 

The middle tier of medallions shows seals of American universities. The oak, symbolizing strength, is used as the decorative framework for these seals.

The lower tier of medallions shows seals of foreign universities. The seals are surrounded by the grapevine, symbolizing fruitful growth.

North side, left to right:
  • Harvard University. Founded 1636:

 

  • College of William and Mary. Chartered 1693:

 

 

  • Northwestern University. Chartered 1851:

 

 

  • University of Paris. Founded 780:

 

 

  • Trinity College, Dublin. Founded 591:

 

 

  • Oxford University. Founded 872:

 

South side, left to right:

  • University of California. Founded 1855:

 

  • Stanford University. Founded 1885:

 

 

  • Princeton University. Chartered 1746:

 

 

  • Heidelberg University. Founded 1385:

 

 

  • Universidad Major de San Marcos de Lima. Granted 1551:

 

 

  • Universidad Nacional de Mexico. Founded 1551:

 


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