It is my very great pleasure to formally announce the publication The Painters’ Panorama: Narrative, Art, and Faith in the Moving Panorama of Pilgrim’s Progress by the University Press of New England!
This book is the culmination of a decades-long project to preserve and reinterpret an 800-foot-long panoramic painting from 1851 in the collection of the Saco Museum, where I served as Museum Director from 2008 to 2012. It was an honor to work with the Dyer Library/Saco Museum and the University Press of New England as well as my co-authors, Kevin Avery and Tom Hardiman, to bring this book to completion.
The panorama’s story–its spectacular debut, its disappearance, and its rediscovery–is remarkable in and of itself, but this is also a great museum story. As I wrote in my recent blog post for UPNE, “the reason we know much of anything at all about the Moving Panorama of Pilgrim’s Progress . . . is that it was donated to a public museum.”
All royalties will go to the Dyer Library and Saco Museum, the little Maine museum that took on one of the biggest paintings in the world.
You can order the book online here: http://www.upne.com/1611686630.htmlAnd you can also find my recent post on the UPNE blog here: http://upne.blogspot.com/2015/05/on-long-lost-american-masterpiece-and.html