Monday, July 25, 2011

Pic Today 7/25/11






HUGE HISTORIC RESTORATION PROJECT
ON VIEW AT ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM

The world's largest panoramic canvas (348-feet wide)
is undergoing a restoration and conservation effort
in a rare public display at the St. Louis Art Museum.

On continuous public view in the main exhibition gallery,
an historic panoramic painting by John Egan is
being restored, panel by panel,
which depicts 19th century Native American life
along the Mississippi River Valley.

The massive panorama painting was commissioned
by Dr. M. W. Dickeson, a physician and amateur archeologist,
in 1844, to accompany his traveling lectures
about Indian life, culture and mounds through the area.
The 92" high continuous muslin roll resembles
an old Instamatic film cartridge
with cylinders on either side.
Through years of use, the fabric rolls have deteriorated;
the restoration will preserve and restore cracked creases
and missing areas of pigment.

The four panel areas shown here include:
(1) camp site along the Mississippi River,
(2) Chiefs in costume, including mounds and monuments,
(3) Carved rock cliffs with colossal rock bust in river,
(4) 1844 tornado which caused damage to Indians,
white settlers and negro slaves alike.

The restoration will be on view publicly through August,
and is expected to last more than a year!
(Once finished, the total canvas will be on display
in the museum's new expansion addition.)




8 comments:

  1. This sounds like a truly monumental task Rick, but it sure is a beautiful piece!

    Have a wonderful day my friend!

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  2. It's a very interesting post. For me, as an artist, it's great to see you share these photos.

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  3. Que buen trabajo de restauración, unas obras preciosas que bien merecen un cuidado y protección, recibe un fuerte abrazo amigo Rick

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  4. This was a amazing project. Thanks for your post. I love to go to museum.

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  5. You just notice everything, don't you? :)
    Whenever you leave a comment at my blog it strikes me how alike we think, about the colors and about how the colors fit together. Most of the time that is exactly why I chose them :)

    And thank you for showing support to my small country after the hideous crime on Friday!

    Have a great week Rick!

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  6. * about the colors and about how the IMAGES fit together.

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  7. Interresting post, wonderfull painting, will be more wonderfull with a restoration.
    Best regard from Belgium.

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  8. A great initiative ...
    I love the power of art, culture ...
    A kiss my friend!

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