Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staying Power the Carnegie's Famous Diorama Gets a New Spot

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staying Power the Carnegie's Famous Diorama Gets a New Spot

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Venerable institutions, particularly ones rooted in old Pittsburgh, have been known to resist change with the rallying cry of, "But we've always done it that way." The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is well over that impulse. It proved so most recently with the successful relocation of the cherished diorama "Arab Courier Attacked by Lions."

The work has been moved from the shadowy innards of the museum to a front-and-center location near the entrance, in a foyer shared with the Museum of Art. In the process of restoration and re-evaluation, the work's name has been restored to a direct translation from the original French: "Lion Attacking a Dromedary" (which is harder to say than "camel," but has the added benefit of being scientifically accurate).

The diorama has been an object of fascination for generations of visitors to the Carnegie, which purchased the work in 1898 after its display at the Paris Exposition of 1867. …

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