Sacred Art

Discussion in 'Visual Art' started by Plantagenet, 17 November 2013.

  1. Arboreality

    Arboreality Member

    "The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak", Albert Bierstadt, 1863

    This 1.8-by-3.0-meter oil painting is a part of the Hudson River School, an American art movement focused on nature, landscapes, and people's relationship to these landscapes, a part of the broader Romantic art movement. It is currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Bierstadt is a big part of the Hudson school, contributing many wonderful and telestic oil paintings besides this one, and had a very strong veneration for nature and the sacral, especially mountains. Many consider this painting to be his greatest, or at least one of his greatest.

    As the title would imply, the focus is on Wyoming's very own Lander's Peak, a part of the Wind River and the Rocky Mountains themselves. It was named after Frederick W. Lander, a late Union general in the Civil War who was one of Albert's closest friends and colleagues. I've hiked and climbed around and on this very peak and Bierstadt captured her beauty very well. The forefront shows us an encampment of Tukudeka, a community under the banner of the Eastern Shoshone, intentionally placed there to give focus to the scenery while portraying the relationship between the natives and their world..
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