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Atlanta's Cyclorama will be presented again amidst divergent views of the past

Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that play a role, delivered everyday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 22, 2019, 12:19 PM GMT By Associated Press ATLANTA &#821 1; At a time when counties, cities and states in the south remove or cover confederate monuments, one of the world's largest paintings of the American Civil War resumes to the public Friday. But the artwork was never meant to celebrate the Confederation, historians say. Atlantas Cyclorama shows loading horses, wounded soldiers, gun blows and smoke on a civil war battlefield in Atlanta as Union forces defeated connected forces and then attached much of the city. A worker puts some final hand on the diorama that is part of the Atlanta Cyclorama screen at the Atlanta History Center on Friday, February 15, 2019 in Atlanta Ron Harris / AP The painting also takes viewers into another, more personal battlefield in the mind's eye. This includes memory, facts, fiction, propaganda and romantic depictions of history, historians say. 9659007] The German immigrants who painted it on the American panorama company in Milwaukee created the work of a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. "So when people are worried about confederate monuments – those who want to hug them and those who want to demolish them – they will both be surprised to find out that it is not one," said Sheffield Hale, CEO and CEO of Atlanta History Center. " DIVERGING VIEWS OF…

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1; At a time when counties, cities and states in the south remove or cover confederate monuments, one of the world’s largest paintings of the American Civil War resumes to the public Friday.

But the artwork was never meant to celebrate the Confederation, historians say.

Atlantas Cyclorama shows loading horses, wounded soldiers, gun blows and smoke on a civil war battlefield in Atlanta as Union forces defeated connected forces and then attached much of the city.

A worker puts some final hand on the diorama that is part of the Atlanta Cyclorama screen at the Atlanta History Center on Friday, February 15, 2019 in Atlanta Ron Harris / AP

The painting also takes viewers into another, more personal battlefield in the mind’s eye. This includes memory, facts, fiction, propaganda and romantic depictions of history, historians say. 9659007] The German immigrants who painted it on the American panorama company in Milwaukee created the work of a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta.

“So when people are worried about confederate monuments – those who want to hug them and those who want to demolish them – they will both be surprised to find out that it is not one,” said Sheffield Hale, CEO and CEO of Atlanta History Center. “

DIVERGING VIEWS OF HISTORY

The painting was created about 22 years after the Battle of Atlanta had occurred in 1864. It debuted in Minneapolis in 1886.

] When the artwork moved to Atlanta in 1892, the Confederate sympathizers on the denomination and fashion shown by their side, says Gordon Jones, senior military consultant at the center of history. It was announced in Atlanta as “the only confederate victory ever painted.”

“It’s one of the biggest bits of spin ever put on an artifact,” Jones said.

Although the painting shows a northern victory, Southerners saw in the painting an Atlanta rising as the mythical phenomenon – the symbol is still used on police cars and city buildings today.

“The more you learn about this painting, the more remarkable is the story,” says Jones. “And history is definitely one of an artifact that changes meaning over time, depending on how you look at it.”

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Before Hollywood movies were cyclamen like “Battle of Atlanta”

“It’s supposed to surround you, to be this type of virtual reality machine,” said Jones.

Painting in cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago rolled up the cyclamas and pulled trains around the country, people in different cities then paid entry to enter custom-built buildings to see them

Gordon Jones, Senior Atlanta History Senior Consultant Center, looking around at Atlanta Cyclorama, a huge 100-year-old painting in Atlanta. Ron Harris / AP

Atlanta History Center built the massive Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama building to show the painting. dan is a 15-foot platform that allows visitors to see the horizon at eye level, with a massive blue sky above and the battle spreading beneath them. A canopy covers the observation platform, just as canopies were used on the 20th century displays.

“We have returned the painting to its original intention in 1886, and it was intended as an illusion, it was intended as mass entertainment” Jones said. “No one has seen this painting as it was originally intended to be seen in 1886.”

A WORLD’S GREAT PAINTINGS

360 degree painting is longer than a football field at 371 feet; and is almost 50 meters high. It weighs 10,000 pounds.

When it appears again on Friday, the “Battle of Atlanta” will go with just a handful of giant cyclones left over the world. Another notable American cyclorama, “The Battle of Gettysburg”, can be seen at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

IMMIGRANT ARTISTS

Among the exhibition opening is Friday one about immigrant painter – mostly German – who fought sea sickness on the steamship who took them to New York.

To make their scenes as authentic as possible, some painters visited battlefields and met with civil war soldiers in old age homes before creating their cycloramas in Milwaukee.

Michael Kutzer, a painter and historian speaking German, has worked in Wisconsin to decipher the handwritten diaries by artist Friedrich Wilhelm Heine, who supervised the cyclists in Milwaukee. It has helped to postpone who they were and their impressions of the United States after coming from Europe.

THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT

The new exhibition opens on Friday also contains early sketches of cycloramas, ads and sounds of the given tours from earlier erodes. Military artifacts include a wooden chest used by Union General James McPherson, who died in the Battle of Atlanta.

Actors playing characters from history will also give context, Hale said. They include Paul Atkinson, Georgia’s entertainment promoter who brought the painting to Atlanta, explaining how he interpreted the artwork to the Southern audience.

On the red clay landscape during the painting, the center of history has restored the 128 soldier figures on the “diorama” during the painting. These figures include a fallen Union soldier created like the actor Clark Gable after his visit to Cyclorama when “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta in 1939.

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