The Arts of Peace
On View In:
Gallery 302
Artist:   Gari Melchers  
Title:   The Arts of Peace  
Date:   1893  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   15 1/8 x 29 x 1 in. (38.42 x 73.66 x 2.54 cm) (canvas) 22 x 36 1/4 x 1 in. (55.88 x 92.08 x 2.54 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Lucile and Stanley Slocum  
Location:   Gallery 302  

The Arts of Peace is a study for one of two murals originally painted for the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building at the Chicago World's Fair in 1892-93. Following the Fair, both The Arts of Peace and The Arts of War were given to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where both murals hang in the main reading room of the library. Original documents from the Chicago World’s Fair summarize The Arts of Peace mural: "Every figure seems bent on acquiring knowledge. Even the mother takes time from the care of her babe and becomes an interested listener to words of wisdom. The student, the philosopher, the sage, the maiden and the youth are all represented as worshipers at the shrine of knowledge." Julius Garibaldi Melchers, known as Gari, was born in Detroit, Michigan just five years after his family emigrated from Germany.

Name:   Melchers, Gari  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1860 - 1932  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature LR: [THE ARTS OF PEACE. GARI MELCHERS XCIII]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Genre. Allegory. Figure. Study for a mural originally executed for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, now in the library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   79.22  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts