About this artwork
Frederic Edwin Church produced at least ten finished paintings of the Ecuadorian volcano Cotopaxi. Completed in his studio just before his second visit to Latin America, View of Cotopaxi incorporates the scientific, religious, and political themes that preoccupied the artist. He ascribed to a religious view of the world that looked to nature and science as evidence of God’s role as creator. For Church and many 19th-century viewers, the lush rain forest of Latin America was likened to the Garden of Eden, and the volcano, because of its creative and destructive force, was understood in terms of divine power.
- Frederic Edwin Church
- View of Cotopaxi
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower right: "F. E. Church '57"
- 62.2 × 92.7 cm (24 1/2 × 36 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Jennette Hamlin in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dana Webster