By examining American art and artifacts from the museum’s collection, these teacher materials promote discussion of America’s national character and heritage.
These teacher materials allow students to evaluate works of art in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art in their historical context. Portraiture in particular is explored as a way of eva
The purpose of this lesson is to consider the cultural and religious significance of Mount Fuji, a recurring theme in Japanese art.
Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902)
oil on canvas on panel-back stretcher, Framed - h:135.25 w:180.97 d:15.55 cm (h:53 3/16 w:71 3/16 d:6 1/16 inches)
Unframed - h:97.00 w:142.30 cm (h:38 3/16 w:56 inches)
Former - h:135.25 w:180.34 d:15.87 cm (h:53 3/16 w:71 d:6 3/16 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 221.1922
During the summer of 1863, Bierstadt visited Yosemite Valley in California and made numerous sketches. Back in his New York studio, he used them to produce many majestic paintings, including this view of Half Dome, one of Yosemite's most distinctive features. Such scenes thrilled East Coast audiences and helped encourage early movements to save America's natural wonders. In 1864, President Lincoln signed a bill preserving Yosemite as public property. It became a national park in 1890.