Quite the views

“Panoramas: The Big Picture,” an exhibition devoted to wide-angle, bird’s-eye imagery from the 17th through 20th centuries, opens Aug. 23 at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library in Manhattan.

If your summer getaway plans never really came together, don’t despair.

There’s still a chance to explore what’s billed as “grand vistas and spectacular sites” through a quick trip to the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library in Manhattan.

Starting Aug. 23 and continuing through Dec. 8, “Panoramas: The Big Picture” will offer quite the escape, one filled with features that range from waterfalls to river views to cities and streetscapes.

It will, as advance materials share, explore “wide-angle, bird’s-eye imagery from the 17th to the 20th century, revealing the influence that panoramas had on everything from mass entertainment to nationalism to imperial expansion. Through more than 20 panoramas, the exhibition presents the history of the all-encompassing medium in New York City, San Francisco, and beyond.”

Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, has noted, “The outstanding works from our collection displayed in ‘Panoramas: The Big Picture’ bring us back to a time before IMAX or virtual reality, when immersive artworks transported viewers to grand vistas that transformed our vision of the world.”

And isn’t that what travel is all about?

The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library is at 170 Central Park West.

For more, visit nyhistory.org.

– Mary Shustack

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