Monday, March 07, 2016

Rare 19th-Century Painted Panorama To Be Unrolled

On March 9 “Panorama: Scenes from the Life of Christ” will be partly unrolled at the Krannert Art Museum. Panoramas weren’t meant to be viewed all at once but were slowly turned for an audience to reveal the narrative. Panoramas were popular in the 19th century but very few survive today. Some wore out from repeated handling, or the imagery was no longer drawing audiences.

The Krannert Art Museum’s panorama is believed to be the work of self-taught Indiana Quaker artist Marcus Mote and features New Testament scenes from the life of Christ. The paintings are adorned with gold foil and sequins. The museum hopes to eventually display the three rolls linearly, so viewers can walk along them.

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