Grand Views

Forest Lawn Museum, in collaboration with the Velaslavasay Panorama, is proud to present “Grand Views: The Immersive World of Panoramas.” This exhibition explores the history of panoramas, which is an immersive, large-scale artistic format popularized in the 18th and 19th centuries. “Grand Views” features an array of artworks and artifacts, including never-before-seen paintings, prints and posters dating to the 19th century, archival photographs, and more. A centerpiece of the exhibition is Panorama of the Valley of the Smokes (60 ft x 5 ft), painted by Sara Velas (Founder of the Velaslavasay Panorama) in the year 2000.


The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection, located next to Forest Lawn Museum, displays the Crucifixion (195 ft x 45 ft), which was painted by Polish artist Jan Styka in the 1890s. The exhibition also features original artworks and artifacts related to Jan Styka’s painting and other crucifixion panoramas.


Grand Views: The Immersive World of Panoramas” is open through September 10, 2023 at Forest Lawn Museum (10 AM-5 PM, Tuesday-Sunday). Forest Lawn Museum is located at 1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205. Enter the main gate and proceed up the hill. Follow signs to the museum, which is located at the top of the hill. There’s plenty of free parking. Admission is free.


Read more about the exhibit in this recent feature in The Guardian.


Grand View Panoramic view

Gallery views of “Grand Views: The Immersive World of Panoramas.


Cyclorama Building, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré; c.1920. Lithograph.

Cyclorama Building