After Stephen A. Hansel was recruited in 1992 to engineer a turnaround at Hibernia Corp., he commissioned an artist to represent the challenges overcome and those that lay ahead.

The resulting painting, called "The Trials of Hibernia," is a kind of epic mural, featuring the distinctive bell tower that caps the bank's downtown New Orleans headquarters and an eagle looking resolutely forward. It also includes an octopus with spindly tentacles representing the reach of federal regulatory agencies - which had imposed restrictions on Hibernia - as well as "media vultures" - fierce-looking raptors with beaks like the nibs of quill pens.

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