American Landscape: Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School

The transient, the eternal, the decorative, the sacred ─ all find expression in landscape painting. Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Frederic Church, and other American painters of the so-called Hudson River School are among those artists whose vision of Nature was transformative, and whose work provides the foundation for this course. Subjects for discussion include, but are not limited to: the creative process; American landscape as an expression of spiritual and national identity; and the picturesque and the sublime.

Course Recordings:

Class 1 - April 7

Class 2 - April 14

Class 3 - April 21

Class 4 - April 28

Class 5 - May 5

Class 6 - May 12

Venue: Online
Meets on: Thursdays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 4/7/2022
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 50
Teaching Style: Seminar
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:

Ellen L. Longsworth received her B.A. in studio art and art history from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. in art history from The University of Chicago, and her Doctorate in art history from Boston University. She is Professor Emerita who taught for 36 years as a member of the fine arts faculty of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, serving as Department Chair for nine of those years. Her publications include “The Remarkable Tomb of Abbot Meli” (2020); “Michelangelo and the Eye of the Beholder: The Early Bologna Sculptures” (2002); and “Stylistic and Iconographical Considerations: The ‘Lamemtation’ in the Church of Santo Sepolcro, Milan” (2009).