The twin lions on the stairwell were so regal and exciting! Unfortunately I ran out of time and I did not make it up to the third floor for the "Triumph of Religion" murals by the great American painter John Singer Sargent. I plan to do that on my NEXT trip to Boston, which will hopefully be soon!
Wikipedia says, 'When it opened in 1895, the new Boston Public Library was proclaimed a "palace for the people".' I had just enough time to visit Edwin Austin Abbey's most famous work, a series of murals which depict the Grail legend
and paintings of the Muses by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. It's hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed the "THE MUSES OF INSPIRATION HAIL THE SPIRIT, THE HARBINGER OF LIGHT"! They remind me of ethereal beings, or fairies.