Join Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide, author and historian, on the cyclorama platform Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at 4 p.m. for A Photographic Journey of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a new, special program in the An Evening with the Painting Series at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.
The Gettysburg Cyclorama, painted in the 1880s by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of artists, is a massive piece that runs 42 feet high and 377 feet long, making the Cyclorama one of the largest, free-standing paintings in North America. The painting is a rendition of the famous "Pickett's Charge" on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Suspended in-the-round from the ceiling, this massive work of art creates a spectacular 360-degree illusion when viewed from the platform.
A special behind-the-scenes program, A Photographic Journey of the Gettysburg Cyclorama explores the history of cycloramas and of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The presentation covers the fascinating creation of this piece of art, the rich symbolism found in the painting and an interesting discussion on the extensive conservation effort. Guests enjoy additional time on the viewing platform to observe the remarkable, close-up details and the distant battle scenes depicted in the painting. Guests journey under the diorama to explore how the illusion comes to life.
This series special program offers guests exclusive access to view original and historic photographs that correspond to the historic painting. Historic photographs of the Cyclorama and the battlefield in the 1880s will be on display throughout the afternoon program. There will be time for a question and answer session. Photography is welcomed.
The special program lasts two hours. Attendance is limited, and the program is being held after hours to allow ticketholders an exclusive access when the Museum & Visitor Center is closed for public visitation. Single adult ticket price is $40 and youth (ages 6-12) is $30. A drink at the Battlegrounds Café inside the Museum & Visitor Center is included in the ticket price. The program begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center.
To order tickets, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call Guest Relations at 877-874-2478.