Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” & the Art of Invention
June 17, 2017–October 15, 2017
Don and Viriginia Davis Gallery
Samuel F.B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, 1831-33, Oil on canvas, 73 3/4 x 108 inches, Chicago, Terra Foundation for American Art
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 Virginia 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.
Known today primarily for his role in the development of the electromagnetic telegraph and his namesake code, Samuel F.B. Morse also had a successful painting career. Created in Paris and New York, Gallery of the Louvre was Morse’s masterwork and the result of his studies in Europe. Peter John Brownlee, associate curator at the Terra Foundation, has described that “Morse’s ’gallery picture,’ a form first popularized in the seventeenth century, is the only major example of such in the history of American art. For this canvas, Morse selected masterpieces from the Musée du Louvre’s collection and imaginatively ’reinstalled’ them in one of the museum’s grandest spaces, the Salon Carré.” The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, published by the Terra Foundation and distributed by Yale University Press.
June 29, 2017
A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse and the Gallery of the Louvre (30 min.)
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
In 2010, the Terra Foundation for American Art’s monumental painting by Samuel F.B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, underwent an extensive conservation treatment in ...
July 13, 2017
Tanya Pohrt, "Gallery of the Louvre" as a Single-Painting Exhibition
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Join Tanya Pohrt, Special Project Curator at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and author of "Gallery of the Louvre” as a Single-Painting Exhibition, to ...
September 14, 2017
Gay Myers and Lance Mayer, A Painting Full of Surprises: The Conservation of Morse’s "Gallery of the Louvre"
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Spend an evening with Gay Myers and Lance Mayer, independent conservators based in New London, CT, for a discussion about their extensive conservation of ...
July 12, 2017
Gallery of the Louvre
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Inspired by Samuel F.B. Morse’s "Gallery of the Louvre" & the Art of Invention, Youth Drawing 101 students will participate in a mini art ...
July 29, 2017
James Fenimore Cooper and His Family in Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre"
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
History Professor James Crawford is the author of the essay James Fenimore Cooper and His Family in Samuel Finlay Morse’s Painting: The Gallery of ...
August 13, 2017
Youth Drawing 101 Gallery Presentations
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Join Museum educators and students from Youth Drawing 101: Gallery of the Louvre (held Wednesdays, July 12–August 9) for quick gallery talks about the ...
September 07, 2017
Conserve It! with Joan Shackford
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Building on the conservation of works of art discussed in the current exhibition Samuel F.B. Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre" & the Art of ...
September 06, 2017
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
With Museum educator Lara Del Piano, students will explore vintage encyclopedias and dictionaries, choosing a word and accompanying definition to create mixed media artwork ...