As part of STL250, a regionwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, Inside the Palace of Fine Arts: Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 World’s Fair gathers together a selection of artworks from the Museum's permanent collection that were on view at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition along with related works. Featuring such artists as Jean Charles Cazin, Frederic Edwin Church, Charles François Daubigny, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña, and Jozef Israëls, this exhibition explores the role of the World’s Fair in relation to local aspirations to turn the city into an international cultural center.
The Teaching Gallery exhibition is curated by Mia Laufer and Orin Zahra, PhD students in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences.
Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña, Wood Interior, 1867. Oil on canvas, 43 1/4 x 51 1/2". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Bequest of Charles Parsons, 1905.