Saint Louis Art Museum Begins a Unique and Ambitious Conservation Project

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ST. LOUIS, MO.- This summer the Saint Louis Art Museum will begin a unique and ambitious conservation project to restore a historic treasure of local significance. Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley, which opened June 12, will offer visitors a chance to see the massive 19th-century work, the last surviving of its kind, as it is restored. Measuring 348 feet long by 7 feet 9 inches tall, Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley comprises 25 scenes. While the subjects in Panorama vary widely across time and cultures, the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers serve as the backdrop for many of the scenes. The scenes present sensationalized versions of historic moments — the burial of Spanish