Saturday, September 30, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 30

September 30, 1912 – The second $10,000 painting to fall from the Minnesota state capitol dome in the last three weeks dropped to the floor this evening and was damaged in places, according to persons who inspected it. The painting was the final of a series of four panels painted by Edward Simmons, the noted American artist, portraying “Civilization of the Northwest.”

One third of the canvas remained on the wall. It is believed the recent heating of the building loosened the gum paint that held the painting and caused it to fall. The second painting fell on Sept. 8, but was retouched and is now in good condition. The principal damage done to the painting that dropped tonight was in the center, where several small holes are said to have been torn.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Painting at Capitol Falls. Second Canvas in Dome to Fall Has Several Holes Torn in Center.”; Oct. 1, 1912; p. 1.

“Civilization of the Northwest”

Scaffolding is being lowered to just above the 3rd floor level in the Rotunda for conservators to begin work on four fine art murals called "Civilization of the Northwest" (1904), by Edward Simmons during the recent renovation of the capitol.


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