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Hidden beneath paint, a famed artist's wall decorations


              FILE - This Aug. 20, 2016 file photo shows Cedar Grove, the home of artist Thomas Cole, considered the founder of the famous genre of A...

              This Aug. 20, 2016 photo shows a detail of a decorative wall border, and paper stencils being used in their restoration at the home of ...

              This Aug. 20, 2016 photo shows a detail of a decorative wall border being restored at the home of artist Thomas Cole, in Catskill, N.Y....

              In this Feb. 27, 2017 image taken from video, art restoration expert Margaret Saliske prepares to work on restoring hand-painted border...

              In this Feb. 27, 2017 photo, art restoration expert Margaret Saliske works on hand-painted borders at the home of artist Thomas Cole, i...

              This Nov. 17, 2016 photo provided by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site shows a decorative border in the east parlor of the home of...

              In this Nov. 23, 2016 photo provided by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, art restoration expert Margaret Saliske uses scalpels a...

              In this Aug. 20, 2016 photo, a portion of a previously- hidden decorative border, upper left, is visible over a window in the east parl...

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2016 file photo shows Cedar Grove, the home of artist Thomas Cole, considered the founder of the famous genre of A...

This Aug. 20, 2016 photo shows a detail of a decorative wall border, and paper stencils being used in their restoration at the home of ...

This Aug. 20, 2016 photo shows a detail of a decorative wall border being restored at the home of artist Thomas Cole, in Catskill, N.Y....

In this Feb. 27, 2017 image taken from video, art restoration expert Margaret Saliske prepares to work on restoring hand-painted border...

In this Feb. 27, 2017 photo, art restoration expert Margaret Saliske works on hand-painted borders at the home of artist Thomas Cole, i...

This Nov. 17, 2016 photo provided by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site shows a decorative border in the east parlor of the home of...

In this Nov. 23, 2016 photo provided by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, art restoration expert Margaret Saliske uses scalpels a...

In this Aug. 20, 2016 photo, a portion of a previously- hidden decorative border, upper left, is visible over a window in the east parl...

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Not only did Thomas Cole paint the lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement of the 19th century, he also painted on the walls of his home.

Pretty decorative patterns on the walls in the parlor of his Catskill, New York, home had been buried beneath layers of paint for more than a century before they were discovered a few years ago.

Now curators have painstakingly revealed the stylized depictions of drapery and fabric so they can be displayed when the Thomas Cole National Historic Site opens for the season in May.

While not exactly lost masterworks, they offer new insight into one of America's most influential painters.

Cole is believed to have painted the borders around the time he moved into the house in 1836.


Updated : 2021-03-06 22:35 GMT+08:00