The Course of an Empire at the New-York Historical Society

I told you there’d be more!

The centerpiece of The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society: Nature and the American Vision is rightfully reserved for Thomas Cole’s epic masterpiece: The Course of an Empire (1833-1836).  The five paintings traces the rise, destructive fall and eventual decay of an imaginary city. The set so powerfully tells a story of decadence to desolation stood as a warning to society of the day…and still today. The warning was much Cole’s intention, who feared industrialization and the ‘copper-hearted barbarians’ behind the railroad would destroy his Hudson Valley.

These pieces alone are well worth the price of admission, so it’s a delight to see them included in the show. Go take a look for yourself!

Go take a look for yourself!

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