Author: Frank Baron
published in: HiN VI, 10 (2005)
- Church retraces Humboldt’s footsteps in the Andes
- Humboldt’s sketches and Church’s paintings
- The Cotopaxi paintings
- Church, a scientific artist?
Stephen Jay Gould wrote recently that “when Church began to paint his great canvases, Alexander von Humboldt may well have been the world’s most famous and influential intellectual.” Frank Baron´s article deals with Humboldt’s influence in the case of the landscape artist Church which is especially interesting. If we examine the precise relationship between the German explorer and his American admirer, we gain an insight into how Humboldt transformed Church’s life and signaled a new phase in the career of the artist. Church retraced Humboldt’s travels in Ecuador and in Mexico. If we compare the texts available to Church and the comparison of Church’s paintings and the texts and images of Humboldt’s works we can arrive at new perspectives on Humboldt’s extraordinary influence on American landscape painting in the nineteenth century. >> full article