Scene 24: Temple of the Sun by Sunset is now on view at Restoring an American Treasure. This is the last completed scene of The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley – Scene 25, the actual final scene, was never finished.
Scene 24 appears to be more symbolic than factual. As far as we can tell, there was no real “Temple of the Sun,” though the sun does feature prominently in the religion and culture of the Natchez Indians. The mound serves instead as a setting for the spectacular sunset that fills the scene, allegorically ending the narrative of the panorama.
Even though this is the last completed scene of the panorama, the exhibition continues through September 3. Scenes 15, 16, 17, 19 and 21 still need to be restored, so keep your eyes out for one of those scenes to go on view in about a week!