Thursday, November 5, 2015
Cyclorama- Gettysburg, PA
There is so much to say about this amazing painting. Briefly, about 20 years after the Battle of Gettysburg, Paul Philippoteaux created the Gettysburg Cyclorama (it took him and five assistance a year and a half to complete).
There are actually four versions (two are still around). This one has been restored and is now carefully displayed in Gettysburg.
This panoramic painting is, according to Wikipedia, 42 feet by 377 feet! As I looked at it, I could see no seem lines.
The Cyclorama is exhibited almost as a show. You enter from stairs under the round room and see the mammoth painting surround you. You find a spot, and then hear narration as lights behind the painting enhance the events.
After the show, you are allowed a few minutes to admire the round work of art before the room is cleared for the next visitors.
This is one of the attractions in Gettysburg that has developed a life of its own. Sure, while in Gettysburg, you MUST see the battlefield, but this is the other "must see attraction" in town.