Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk - Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage with Curator Ken Myers

“Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” focuses on American artist Frederic Church’s paintings done in the Middle East, Athens and Rome. Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings that he had seen on his 1867 to 1869 trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Exhbition curator Ken Myers will discuss how Church’s paintings of the Americas are primarily concerned with nature, but his major paintings of Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman themes concentrate on human history. The DIA's exhibition compares numerous pencil drawings and oil studies that Church completed during his trip to the major paintings he completed back in his studio. 

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