William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape
Trustmark Grand Hall
This impressive mural was created by Mississippi native William Dunlap for the neoclassical rotunda of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1984. The installation of the fourteen canvases at the Mississippi Museum of Art places the artwork, originally seen in the round, on one wall stretching eleven feet tall and fifty-five feet wide. Referencing historical cycloramas, this mural presents the hunt country of Virginia (the verdant Blue Ridge landscape near Dunlap’s Virginia home) at eye-level, while the harsh winter landscape of the Antietam battlefield fills the upper half of the space. The mural is full of class Dunlap iconography and is accompanied by a 28-minute video, “The Painter’s Landscape.” Free to the public.
Explore details of this sprawling artwork in our #DunlapDetails blog series here.
Below, watch a 1984 documentary on the artist and the artwork by Yellow Cat Productions.