New Britain, CT
The New Britain Museum of American Art is pleased to present Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention this June in the Don and Viriginia Davis Gallery. The exhibition showcases Samuel F.B. Morse’s monumental painting Gallery of the Louvre (1831–1833), on loan from the Terra Foundation for American Art, and follows the history of its extensive conservation treatment in 2010 as well as two years of scholarly investigation.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, Samuel F. B. Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre" and the Art of Invention tells the story of one of the most significant, and enigmatic, works of early 19th-century American art. It is also one of the last works Morse painted before turning his attention to the invention of the telegraph and Morse code.
A signature painting in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Gallery of the Louvre underwent an extensive conservation treatment in 2010–11 and was the focus of three symposia held at the Yale University Art Gallery (April 2011), the National Gallery of Art (April 2012), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (April 2013). This collection of essays, carefully drawn from the proceedings of these scholarly sessions, brings together the fresh insights of academics, curators, and conservators, who focus on the painting’s visual components and its cultural contexts. The book accompanies a multi-year tour of the painting to prominent museums across the country.