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Domes Updates

Feb. 23, 2018 Update on The Domes

Scott Davis

The Domes of the Yosemite  will be at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL until July 8, 2018.

The Domes of the Yosemite will be at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL until July 8, 2018.

The Domes of the Yosemite is now on display at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida until July 8. Athenaeum Director Bob Joly will be giving a presentation there on Feb. 28 at 2:30 pm. ArtCare has done an exquisite job restoring The Domes; all of us here at the Athenaeum can't wait for its return in mid-July so we can celebrate The Domes coming home!

Great article from Feb. 23 Orlando Sentinel with video HERE.

Nice article about The Domes at the Morse Museum 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.