New London, CT
The Holy Calm of Nature
January 31 through June 30, 1999
Thomas Cole, Prospect of Mt. Etna, 1843
Nineteenth Century landscapes from the Museum's collection are on display in Chappell Gallery in a provocative exhibit entitled The Holy Calm of Nature. The purpose of this exhibit is to explore the visionary work of such well known nineteenth century artists such as Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church. As these landscapes will reveal, the nineteenth century was a time when Americans sought a spiritual communion with nature. America became obsessed with the vast grandeur of its pastoral landscapes and virgin wilderness. America's landscapes, in fact, became the symbolic focus of a nation forming its identity.
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