The Land of Beautiful Flowers and Birds: The Journey of Frederic Edwin Church Through New Granada

Frederic Church arrived in New Granada on April 28th, 1853, seeking inspiration from the tropical landscape that was previously recorded by Alexander von Humboldt in Cosmos (1845). This talk will follow the trail left by Church while crossing the territory of current-day Colombia, characterized by his fascination with what he encountered and the great discomforts of navigating the complex geography and culture. Food, birds, plants, people, and astonishing views were part of his adventure and recorded through sketches, letters, and a bilingual diary. In this virtual program, Professor Verónica Uribe will discuss how Church fed his visual memory and brought these memories to life through his well-known paintings of the tropics.

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