Cycloramas became popular in the very early 19th century in Europe, from France to Russia. Surrounding the viewer with a 360 degree panorama, cycloramas were largely civic subjects done to commemorate decisive battles. They presented action and sometimes had allegorical figures. The style of painting was mostly Romantic with dramatic clouds and diagonally arranged groupings.The paintings were housed in buildings, often specially designed round buildings, so viewers could walk inside and be surrounded by the painting on the rounded wall.
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio’s Toast to The Arts show with artist Victoria Chick, who discusses the history of cycloramas and the pioneering artists Henri and Paul Philippoteaux. This father and son duo had gained such a good reputation for cycloramas in Europe, they were contacted by a group of Chicago businessmen to depict the Battle of Gettysburg. Read her article on the subject on NationalParkTraveling.com
Based in Silver City, New Mexico, Victoria is a contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector. Music on this episode is ‘Colors of the USA’ by Billboard charting contemporary artist Doreen Taylor.