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Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention

Beginning the second week of October, Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention will be on view in the Special Exhibition Galleries of the Peabody Essex Museum.

In 1829, Samuel F.B. Morse sailed to Europe as he struggled to secure is position as a great American artist. Over the next few years, Morse’s studies and diligence would culminate in his painting Gallery of the Louvre (1831-33). Measuring approximately six by nine feet, the painting depicts an imagined installation of forty artworks in the Salon Carré at the Musé du Louvre in Paris. Just as Morse did in order to complete the painting, the scene depicts individuals as they study, sketch, and copy from great works of art.