The most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century, Frederic Church created monumental and strikingly detailed landscapes of North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. On the occasion of the publication of her highly anticipated book Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail (Yale University Press, 2015), Jennifer Raab, M.A. 2003, M.Phil. 2005, Ph.D. 2009, Assistant Professor of the History of Art, speaks about the connections between Church’s paintings and the aesthetic and scientific theories of the period. What was a detail in the time of Alexander von Humboldt and, later, Charles Darwin? What does it mean to see a work of art “in detail?”
Followed by a book signing.