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Saving the "Battle of Gettysburg" Cyclorama

Saving the "Battle of Gettysburg" Cyclorama

The amaizing story of the painstaking restoration of a unique work of epic historical art. (50 minutes) (DVD)

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Saving the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama

 

Four years in the making, this multi-layered program follows the process of removing the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting from the old building on Cemetery Ridge, cleaning and restoring it, and re-hanging the panels in the new Visitor Center. Like the original painting itself, the restoration was a monumental effort, involving artists and experts from all over the world. This program not only captures all of the painstaking work to save and restore the painting, but also recreates the original work itself, from Paul Phillepeteaux’s first visit to Gettysburg in the 1880s to the premiere for the Cyclorama in Boston. But there is more: the event itself – Pickett’s Charge – is also included, giving this documentary a deep, rich, textured presentation that touches on all aspects of the painting, the restoration and the battle action depicted.

 

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"Saving the Gettysburg Cyclorama"

 

Boston Premiere exterior - with the Boston Cyclorama building in the background

Boston Premiere exterior - with the Boston Cyclorama building in the background

 

Boston Premiere interior - with live presenters describing the battle action

Boston Premiere interior - with live presenters describing the battle action

 

Restoration volunteer working on the painting

Restoration volunteer working on the painting

 

The Cyclorama - action at the

The Cyclorama - action at the "Bloody Angle" -  after restoration

 

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