The Pied Piper of Hamelin
An important part of both Palace and San Francisco history, The Pied Piper was commissioned from artist Maxfield Parrish for the hotel’s reopening in 1909. Inspired by the legendary tale, the painting depicts the Pied Piper leading citizens out of the town of Hamelin, Germany. The art features 27 expressive faces including those of his wife, mistress, two sons and Parrish himself as the Pied Piper. Measuring 6 feet by 16 feet, The Pied Piper is among the most important large-scale works that Maxfield Parrish created during his career.