History of Cycloramas
The 360° circular panoramic painting was invented in Edinburgh in 1787 and the first painting exhibited in this new style depicted a view of that city. By the 1800’s many more paintings of this type had been completed and they became popular public attractions. Hundreds of them were exhibited throughout the world in purpose built circular buildings.
Known as panoramas in Europe and cycloramas in America, these were all large artworks painted on canvas in a realistic style which depicted scenes in true perspective. The idea was to give the viewer the impression that they were witnessing the scenes in front of them. The subjects were often panoramic landscapes of cities, battle scenes, or religious themes. Many of the paintings were transported to different cities and countries where they were exhibited to wider audiences, mostly through Europe and America. In the late 1800’s Australia had cycloramas in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, unfortunately none of those remain today.
By the 1900’s cinema had become the popular new attraction and many panoramic paintings were no longer open for public exhibition. Fortunately a number of the paintings from those days have survived and are still exhibited throughout the northern hemisphere. The 360° style of painting, now over 200 years old, has recently experienced a resurgence of popularity, with many new paintings being completed throughout the world in the last 10 to 20 years. The total number of cyclorama/panorama paintings on exhibition is now around 60 with new works opening every year.
Cyclorama/panoramas have been created in Australia in more recent years and can be found in Hawker, South Australia and in Broken Hill and Glenbrook in New South Wales.
An International Panorama Society has been formed and holds an annual conference. Their website www.panoramacouncil.org lists panoramas and cycloramas throughout the world.
This is a must to see. I had read about it on the net and seen it in brochures, but nothing prepared me for this amazing work of art.
The artwork is so realistic and the soundtrack brings it to life
Amazing, really immerses one in the history
Our 8th visit and this painting never ceases to amaze
The cyclorama is a great asset for the island and the art work presents the story of the mutiny in such a powerful manner, well worth a visit, artwork is spectacular
Stunning artwork. So realistic
An amazing piece of artwork
Awesome! Totally took our breath away.
One of the most beautiful exhibits I have ever seen.
Beautifully done. The painting and setting is so real. It tells the story so well. This is definitely a must see. Congratulations to the artists.
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