Government Mural, Lobby to Main Reading Room, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Main figure is seated atop a pedestal Government holding a tablet with a government of the people by the people for the people

Elihu Vedder’s mural Government 1896 & the Library of Congress

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surfaces. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture

Elihu Vedder February 26, 1836 – January 29, 1923 was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City

Elihu Vedder’s mural Government 1896, in the Library of Congress