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Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem


Struggling to secure his reputation as a great American artist, Samuel F.B. Morse sailed to Europe in 1829 and embarked on a period of intense study and prodigious copying of great works of art that culminated in his grand painting Gallery of the Louvre (1831-33). Measuring approximately 6 by 9 feet, the painting depicts an imagined installation of 40 artworks in the Salon Carré at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Read more.

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