Member Lecture: The Travels of Frederic Edwin Church

One of the most popular artists in the United States in the mid-1800s, Frederic Church painted large seemingly realistic views of places in South America, the Middle East, and Greece that few of his contemporaries could hope to visit. Frank Kelly, deputy director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. helps us celebrate the opening weekend of Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage. In his talk, “The Travels of Frederic Church: From The Heart of the Andes to the Mount of Olives and Beyond,” Dr. Kelly will suggest that Church’s desire to see places he had read about shaped his travels, even as his travels shaped his art.

Sponsored by the Associates of the American Wing.

Image: Frederic Edwin Church, View of Baalbek, 1868, oil and pencil on board. Detroit Institute of Arts.