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?This institution of my native State, the hobby of my old age, will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind, to explore and to expose every subject susceptible of its contemplation.?
? Thomas Jefferson
Free guided tours are offered of the Rotunda?s interior. These tours are conducted by U of V students; ours was a personable architectural student.
The Oval Rooms, on either side of the Entrance Hall, are decorated with some important pieces.
The portrait (see photo #1) over the mantel was painted in 1816 by Bass Otis; it shows Jefferson in his study at Monticello. It is informally known as the ?Spaghetti Portrait? because of the curve of Jefferson?s arm.
A Duncan Pfeiff sofa (see photo #3), upholstered in green, was a gift; it came with the stipulation that no one was ever to sit on it!
I like the lighting figures (see photo #4) in both of these Oval Rooms.
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