According to a story on MPR, Gov. Dayton and a DFL legislator have raised the question of redecorating the Governor's Reception Room at the Capitol.
During a meeting of the Capitol Preservation Commission, which is overseeing a top-to-bottom restoration of the historic building, Gov. Mark Dayton and state Rep. Dianne Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis, wondered if any changes to the public art might be in order
“We have enough battles in here that I think some rooms should not have as many victims visually portrayed,” Loeffler said.
Dayton noted that five large paintings inside the governor’s office depict Civil War battles, and aside from the historical significance, he wondered how the images represent the full complexion of the state.
“I’m not an art historian, and I’m not even an art expert,” Dayton said. “I wanted to raise the question.”
Well, this much we can agree on: Dayton's not an art historian or an art expert, if that seems like a reasonable question to raise.
The Reception Room with the Civil War paintings is one of the great rooms anywhere -- one of the most historic features in the entire building, which is one of America's great public buildings -- and a big part of the Capitol's stature as a "memorial" to the veterans of that war.
This is like the pope saying I'm not really an art historian but saying the Sistine Chapel could use a new paint job.