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Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder

[Detail] Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder

Lesson Overview

Students take a close analytical look at the historic Minerva mosaic from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress, and discover what it can tell them about the mission of the Library's founders. They will perform a basic primary source analysis, and then discuss the symbolism and mythology of the mosaic.


Students will be able to:

  • Perform a basic primary source analysis of a visual object.
  • Interpret the symbolism of the artistic elements of the Minerva mosaic.


Time Required

  • One class

Recommended Grade Level

  • 3-5
  • 6-8


  • Arts & Culture


  • Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900