National Academy of Science

National Academy of Sciences

“Hildreth Meière’s (1893-1961) emblematic figures and inscriptions, brilliantly painted on gessoed tiles which adorn the dome, give full expression to the architect’s intention of creating ‘a temple of science.’ Meière’s adaptability and willingness to experiment in various media made her a frequent and valuable collaborator for Goodhue. When Goodhue’s idea of painting the tile on the Academy dome did not yield the desired effect, Meière tried an innovative technique--gesso on tile to a depth of about one-half inch. The material, applied hot and by hand, provides a textured surface.”                                                                                                        
                                                                      -National Academy of Sciences
                                                                                      “About the NAS” 2004

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