01/16/2015 06:16 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Benjamin-Constant's massive works arrive at the Fine Arts Museum

There were many pairs of white gloves and a step-ladder on hand as a team of curators and technicians at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts re-framed and hung a monumental painting by French artist Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant earlier this week.

Benjamin-Constant is famous for his huge canvases and subject matter heavily influenced by his trips to Moorish Spain and Morocco.  

It took nine specialists to hang Le jour des funérailles: Scène du Maroc, a work he created in 1889. The piece, which measures 4.25 by 2.8 metres, is now hanging on the wall of the Michel and Renata Hornstein Pavillion.

The exhibition, Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism, from Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in his Time, opens Jan. 31 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.