Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church


Heart of the Andes


Frederic Edwin Church

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Inspired by the writings of the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, Church travelled to South America in 1853 and again in 1857. `Heart of the Andes` was synthesized from scores of pencil and oil sketches that Church made in Ecuador and represents the full climatic range - from tropical to temperate to frigid – Humboldt had observed there a half century earlier. The painting`s original presentation accommodated both its wondrous botanical detail and its continental sweep. Church displayed it in a massive window-like frame which was subsequently lost and advised visitors to view it through opera glasses so as to share in the artist`s adventure. It is now in The Metropolitan Art Gallery in a frame designed by Church for another painting.