DETROIT (AP) — An artistic masterpiece that Samuel F.B. Morse painted in the years before he developed the telegraph is being displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of a traveling exhibition.
The oil-on-canvas "Gallery of the Louvre," measuring 6 feet by 9 feet, imagines dozens of the world's great artworks assembled in a gallery at the Louvre in Paris. It includes reproductions of works by Rembrandt, Rubens and others being viewed by several spectators.
Although best known as the developer of Morse code and the telegraph, Morse's early career was as a painter.
"Samuel F. B. Morse's 'Gallery of the Louvre' and the Art of Invention" runs Thursday through Sept. 18 and is part of a national tour organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art.