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Domes Updates

Update on the Domes Restoration

Scott Davis


Watch the live feed daily from 9:30am-3pm HERE.

Watch a time lapse video about packing up The Domes HERE.

Watch the 5-minute video about packing up The Domes for its Miami move HERE.

See an excellent article about The Domes HERE.

Why is the painting gone?
The canvas is weak at the top edge and needs to be lined with a strong lightweight fabric to reinforce it. Other work includes removing old vanish, repairing a damaged area near the bottom edge, and minor inpainting and consolidation.

How was the painting removed from the Gallery?
On October 11 the painting was rolled, painted side out, around a rigid large diameter tube, and trucked down to Miami. See an example at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Where did it go, who is doing the work, and how long will it take?
Rustin Levenson, Owner and Founder of ArtCare Conservation, will supervise the work at ArtCare’s Miami, Florida facility. Conservation may take three months.

When will the painting return?
After conservation is completed, the painting will be exhibited at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida through early July 2018. Chicago industrialist and Winter Park, Florida philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse was born in East St. Johnsbury, VT in 1833, and joined the E. and T. Fairbanks Company in 1850. He ultimately became the controlling partner in Fairbanks, Morse & Co. headquartered in Chicago. In 1942 The Morse Museum was founded by his grand-daughter, Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89), and named for her grandfather.

The Domes of the Yosemite remains the sole property of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and will be reinstalled at the Athenaeum in July 2018.

WCAX story

Denise Scavitto

Julie Kelley from WCAX came to visit us to learn about the work we will be doing on The Domes of the Yosemite.

See the story here!

Moving the Domes

Denise Scavitto

Today, FuncArt came to the Athenaeum to shift Bierstadt's Domes of the Yosemite away from the wall of the Athenaeum gallery. As part of the regular care and maintenance of the painting, conservators will come to the Athenaeum to assess the painting's condition and conservation needs. 

Check out this time lapse of FuncArt moving Bierstadt's The Domes of the Yosemite away from the gallery wall!