a diorama of an art exhibition

a diorama

of an art



the diorama background painter

The word diorama can either refer to a nineteenth century mobile theatre device, or, in modern usage, a three-dimensional full-size or miniature model, sometimes enclosed in a glass showcase for a museum.

in no particular order

Charles Shepard Chapman (1879-1962)
Chapman attended the Ogdensburg Free Academy and Pratt Institute, and was elected to the Council of the National Academy of Design in 1926. Chapman worked as an illustrator, but was best known for paintings of wilderness landscapes of the northern and western United States. Chapman painted the background for the mountain lion diorama in the American Museum's Hall of North American Mammals, which features the Grand Canyon.

George Browne (1918-58)
Trained by his father, Belmore Browne, George assisted him in the Hall of North American Mammals at the AMNH. Two of George Browne's background paintings can be found in the 1950s addition to the African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences.

Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969)
Though Jaques had no formal art training, he was taught background painting by fellow artist Clarence C. Rosenkranz, and rose to become one of the Museum's most respected diorama artists. The majority of Jaques's backgrounds are at the AMNH, where he was employed as an artist from 1924 to 1942. In total he painted backgrounds for approximately eighty dioramas during his career. His diorama backgrounds can also be found at the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis; the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut; the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia; the Boston Museum of Science; the University of Nebraska Museum; and the Illinois University Natural History Museum. Jaques is best known for his paintings of birds, especially waterfowl in flight. His greatest contribution to scientific illustration was his accompanying paintings for Robert Cushman Murphy's bookOceanic Birds of South America (1936). Collections of Jaques's bird paintings and studies can be found at the Peabody Museum, the Bell Museum, and the AMNH.

Chris E. Olsen (1880-1965)
Considered an expert amateur entomologist and general naturalist in addition to being a painter, Olsen is best known for undersea exhibits such as the Andros Coral Reef and the Pearl Diver dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. His work was not restricted to painting, and he was an extraordinary foreground artist and model-maker as well. Olsen retired in 1947 after more than thirty years with the AMNH.


opening and picnic in august

on sunday, august 15th...

a Musee16 field guide to the
No. 3 traveling art & museum exhibition

works by:

lost goat
greg schenk
gabi mendoza
pippa possible
peter campbell
christina owen
james d. olsen
monica roache
noelle knight
janet pickle


a few interesting atomizers that we have in our shoppe...


a sunday morning matinee

an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end.


technical difficulties

this is a side note of a television museum.

here are three examples of some wonderful old television sets.

one can't help but to just stare at them now.
even with the knob turned off...
the screen still has a crisp clear image.

the television of yesteryear
might whisper something like:

'my picture is worth a thousand words...and
even though i only have 13 channels,
i guarantee you will find something to watch.'

even just saying the word 'television' has
a good modern technical sound connected to it.

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