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Painting History

Clyclorama

Created in the late 1800s, the Atlanta Cyclorama is the world's largest oil painting, spanning some 358 feet, and depicts the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Cyclorama—a giant painting in Grant Park that you view, along with a sound and light show, from a platform that rotates in the center of the park—vividly depicts the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta. Here are some fun facts about this historic piece of art.

Cyclorama Fun Facts:
  • It’s the world’s largest oil painting, measuring 42 feet by 358 feet.
  • The painting’s circumference is 358 feet.
  • The painting alone weighs more than 10,000 pounds.
  • The three-dimensional foreground was added in 1936 with red Georgia clay.
  • The tallest figure in the diorama is 3 feet tall.
  • German artists painted it between 1885 and 1886.
  • It has been shown in Grant Park since 1893.
  • George V. Gress donated the painting to the city of Atlanta in 1898.
  • It moved to its present location in 1921.
  • One of the dying soldiers in the diorama is a portrait of the actor Clark Gable.


This article has been adapted from the original, which was published in December 2008 by MSP Communications.

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