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Several artists created the exterior decorations. Andrew O'Connor (18741941) executed the angel-borne dedicatory panel on the cornice and, above the bronze doors, the sculpted lunette with two putti supporting the logo of Aldus Manutius, the great Renaissance printer and scholar.
Adolph Weinman (18701952), a student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, sculpted the allegorical reliefs on the façade. Above the central bay of the west wing, Music (or Apollo), accompanied by Fame, inspires the arts of Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, and Textiles. On the east, Truth leads Literature, Philosophy, History, Astronomy, and Oratory. The sleek Assyrian lionesses that guard the stairs are the work of Edward Clark Potter (18571923), who was in the studio of Daniel Chester French. Potter would later create the stately lions that defend the terrace of the New York Public Library.