Jennifer Raab, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
The most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century, Frederic Church created monumental and celebrated landscapes unsurpassed in their attention to detail.
Raab will examine the cultural, scientific, and aesthetic significance of this pictorial approach as well as Church’s later turn from the painted to the physical landscape of Olana, a move that allowed the artist to rethink scale and process while engaging with pressing ecological questions.
Free with museum admission
IMAGE: Morning, Looking East over the Hudson Valley from the Catskill Mountains, Frederic E. Church (1826-1900), 1848, oil on canvas, signed and dated, lower left: "F E Church / 1848", gift of Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing, x1940.606.7