While researching the museum’s Valley of the Olive Trees (37.112) by George Inness for possible conservation treatment, the art historian Michael Quick proposed that the Walters' picture was a fragment of a large, very important painting lost in an accident at Madison Square Garden in 1880. The museum brought together three paintings from different collections and through technical examination, determined that the lost New Jerusalem was salvaged from the rubble, cut into three canvases, reworked by Inness, and sold as separate works.

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