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How to move a 160-square-foot painting

May 29th, 2017

Recent visitors to the AGO may have noticed that one of our most heavily trafficked spaces, the E.R. Wood Gallery, is currently closed as part of Look:Forward, our exciting reinstallation project. While we’re busy installing a number of new artworks from our collection, here’s a look at how one of the largest works recently on display – Saint Benedict receiving Totila, King of the Ostrogoths by Gaspar de Crayer – came down from the wall. It measures a gigantic 9 feet tall by 18 feet wide (that’s close to 160 square feet – almost as big as some Toronto condos!) Watch the time-lapse video to see how the AGO team did it:

Don’t worry; the E.R. Wood Gallery will be reinstalled soon, offering a deeper look into our European Collection. In the meantime, you can stroll steps away to enjoy three newly installed Auguste Rodin sculptures – Adam and the two Burghers of Calais – in the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium. It was the AGO’s original Rodin sculpture of Adam that inspired Joey Tanenbaum to collect art and help the AGO build its Collection. He and his wife Toby later gifted The Burghers of Calais to the AGO, and here they now stand united.

Installation view of Auguste Rodin’s Andrieux d’Andres vêtu, 1888-1889; cast 1988. Bronze, and Eustache de Saint-Pierre, conceived 1887; cast 1987. Bronze; gifts of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, 1992; and Adam, 1881; cast before 1929. Bronze.

Check out the AGO website to learn the most recent updates to the Look:Forward project, and for up-to-date listings of individual gallery closures and openings.

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