martes, 23 de mayo de 2017
COLISEO IGNORADO || Christa Zaat
Thomas Cole (British-born American artist) 1801 - 1848
Interior of the Colosseum, Rome, 1832
oil on canvas
10 x 18 in.
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York, United States of America
Already well established as a painter of American landscapes, in 1829 Thomas Cole moved to Europe for three years. To succeed as something more than a painter of American scenes, he felt, would require seeing firsthand works by the old masters and famous landscapes of the Old World. He said the subject of this painting, the ancient Colosseum in Rome, was the spot that affected him most deeply among all the remnants of classical civilization he saw. Prominent Christian symbols—such as the large black cross at center—standing in the midst of pagan Rome's most celebrated structure provide an unmistakable affirmation of the triumph of Christianity over the Roman state. Cole's studies abroad transformed him and his art, leading him to pursue in an ambitious series of future paintings, the rise and fall of civilizations, the cycles of time, and the regenerative forces of nature. This work is part of the Albany Institute's premier collection of more than 500 works by Cole, founder of the Hudson River school of painting.
Thomas Cole was an English-born American artist. He is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. Cole's Hudson River School, as well as his own work, was known for its realistic and detailed portrayal of American landscape and wilderness, which feature themes of romanticism and naturalism.