Four Arts to replace library murals with replicas
The beloved Albert Herter murals that have graced The Society of the Four Arts’ Gioconda and Joseph King Library entrance since 1939 have deteriorated so much that a plan to replace them with replicas is in the works.
“It’s been determined that less than 10 percent of the original Herter material remains due to weath- er-related deterioration,” Four Arts spokeswoman Katie Edwards said. “Most of what is visible is from 1987 and 2009, when the murals were cleaned, retouched and given additional protection from UV damage.”
The murals, featuring allegorical figures representing art, music, drama and literature — the arts from which the society gets its name — al-