LECTURE: Thomas Cole’s Transatlantic Career

Our guest today is Elizabeth Kornhauser, the Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art

This lecture will provide an inside look at The Met’s up-coming exhibition: Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings, opening on January 30, 2018.

While this celebrated artist is best known for his depictions of the American wilderness landscape, this talk will focus on how the exhibition will establish Cole as a major artist of the 19th century within a global context.

The artist’s most iconic works, including The Course of Empire series and The Oxbow will be explored for the first time as a direct outcome of his transatlantic career. Consummate works by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable are included in the exhibition along with examples of paintings from Cole’s time in Italy, demonstrating his engagement with European art. Cole’s legacy as the founder of the Hudson River School will be re-examined within this global context.

Included with museum admission

This lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Lamplighter Foundation.

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