View of Cotopaxi

Ecuadorian landscape with people, palm trees, waterfall, and volcano in background
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Date:

1857

Artist:

Frederic Edwin Church
American, 1826–1900

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Frederic Edwin Church

Title

View of Cotopaxi

Origin

United States

Date

1857

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: "F. E. Church '57"

Dimensions

62.2 × 92.7 cm (24 1/2 × 36 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Jennette Hamlin in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dana Webster

Reference Number

1919.753

Extended information about this artwork

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