An Illustrated Lecture on the Gettysburg Cyclorama
1 Lincoln Cir
Harrisburg, PA 17103
Chris Brenneman will present an illustrated lecture on the Gettysburg Cyclorama at a meeting of the Camp Curtin Historical Society at 2:00PM, Sunday, November 12, at the National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, Pa. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Gettysburg Cyclorama is a massive painting, 42 feet high and 377 feet in circumference. It depicts the culmination of Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. It was painted by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of assistants and was first exhibited in Boston in 1884 and later in other cities. It was moved to Gettysburg in 1913. It is now on permanent display at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Brenneman and Sue Boardman co-authored the book The Gettysburg Cyclorama: the Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas. Brenneman is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg and is an employee of the Gettysburg Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Museum and Visitor Center. As part of his job, Brenneman spends several hours each day with the Cyclorama. As a result of thousands of hours of study, he is familiar with all of the intricate details of the painting. His presentation will focus on the people and places depicted in the painting, how the huge painting was created, changes it has undergone and where and how it was moved over the years. He will also discuss how the painting was interpreted by Civil War veterans in the late 19th Century.
Entrance to the lecture is free and open to the public. Regular admission applies to tour the museum galleries.