The Rotunda is a building located on The Lawn on the original grounds of the University of Virginia. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson to represent the "authority of nature and power of reason" and was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Construction began in 1822 and was completed shortly after Jefferson's death in 1826. The grounds of the new university were unique in that they surrounded a library housed in the Rotunda rather than a church, as was common at other universities in the English-speaking world. The Rotunda is seen as a lasting symbol of Jefferson's belief in the separation of church and education, as well as his lifelong dedication to both education and architecture. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and is part of the landmark University of Virginia Historic District , designated in 1971.
The aerial original oil painting by Virginia artist Guy Crittenden features the Rotunda in the foreground with the lawn and all of its surrounding academic and residential buildings. The artist chose a fall setting to add color and interest to the natural landscape.
This canvas is 24 x 36 and framed in a traditional antique hand finished gold frame.
This painting is also available as a giclee on paper or canvas. Signature Edition.
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