From National Geographic:
In a climate-controlled vault in Charles Town, West Virginia, four of the most beautiful paintings ever made of our national parks are hidden from public view. The panoramic works were created by Austrian artist Heinrich Berann, a pioneer of mountainscape painting. Among the more than 10,000 pieces of artwork stored in the vault that make up the National Park Service’s collection, Berann’s paintings are standouts.
“There’s just something absolutely magical about his panoramas,” says Tom Patterson, a senior cartographer for the U.S. National Park Service. When people have asked Patterson for a tour of the facility, he says, “I would always ask the curators over there to open the drawers and show us the Berann art.”
Last year, Patterson convinced a colleague to help him make high-resolution digital images of Berann’s paintings so they could be shared online with the public. Today, the National Park Service released the new images on their newly redesigned online map portal, which also has more than a thousand maps that are freely available for the public to download.
Direct to Brennan Panoramas (via NPS.gov)