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Revisit, Reimagine Gettysburg
Reimagine Gettysburg as a blend of a massive battle, a place of solemn remembrance and an emblem of the greatest democratic experiment the world has ever known. This is Gettysburg Revisted.
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This 12.5-ton painting-in-the-round by 19th-century French artist, Paul Philippoteaux, focuses upon the massive Confederate attack against the center of the Union line on July 3, 1863. At 377 feet long and 42 feet high, it is the largest oil painting on public display in North America. First displayed in Boston in 1884, it is the only one of the four originals to have survived to the 21st century. Portraits of generals, civilian notables and the artists appear in the work, along with the farms and fields where the battle raged.
Although nothing can substitute for experiencing this amazing artwork in person, we invite you to explore just a few of the hidden stories in the painting. Scroll down to see some of these highlights and visit us to learn more about this paintings secrets.
Dr. David Study, depicted with his back to the viewer, was a Gettysburg resident and Lydia Leister’s brother, who cared for the wounded as a civilian volunteer. Lydia owned the building used as Meade’s headquarters which can be seen nearby.
A diorama encircles the painting in the foreground between the viewer on the platform and the painting itself. The purpose of the diorama is to force the viewer’s eye into the painting and to give a sense of depth, while avoiding a dark abyss between the viewer on the platform and the painting. There are a few “Easter Eggs” in the diorama too—search for them.
Paul Philippoteaux added this self-portrait in the painting, but was careful not to depict himself as being part of history. Rather, he is painted as an observer, looking sideways, and not a participant in the battle scene itself.
Veterans from both sides of the battle returned to Gettysburg in 1913 to honor the fallen, reminisce with their friends and extend their hands to their former enemies over fences where they once fired.