Fine Arts and Architecture
The Muse of Fine Arts And Architecture

The Muse of Fine Arts And Architecture is easily understood even by the youngest audience. Dangling plumb line line, a tool of the building trades, from one upraised hand, she firmly grasps a palette and paintbrushes in the other. Nearby stands a bust of Pallas Athena or, in Roman mythology, Minerva, goddess of wisdom and the arts. The capital or top of a Corinthian column, adorned with acanthus leaves, lies near the muse's feet, and may connote the limits of fine arts and architecture - they too are subject to decay.

Source: Michigan History Magazine (January/February 1999)