There is a copy of the Lord Leighton painting Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet where the original once resided in McCain Library.
Agnes Scott Art History Professor Donna Sadler offers an eloquent history of the piece:
Lord Leighton returns! Generations of students, faculty and staff enjoyed the presence of Frederic Lord Leighton's Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets that crowned the reading room in McCain Library. When the latter underwent its magnificent transformation beginning in 1999, the painting was removed and subjected to some major cosmetic work. The origins of this beautiful painting of the mid-nineteenth century and its importance in the career of Leighton were slowly rediscovered as the painting regained its original luster. It was also clear that ASC had nowhere to display the painting that would preserve it in the conditions it required. Christie's and Sotheby's and the High Museum began to vie for Romeo and Juliet (while some stubborn faculty members kept suggesting we build a museum for the work....), and finally the work was auctioned by Christie's...a beautiful copy of the painting arrived and now graces the reading room of McCain once again. A part of our history has come home to roost.
The large painting by Lord Leighton that formerly hung in the reading room was sold in 2003 to a private collector in London. A life-sized reproduction in the original frame hangs in McCain as before. View an image of the painting.5-200 Ethics Lecture Series: Ethics at the End of Life 2005-2006 E