Nov 12, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 12, 2010

The Monastery of San Pedro (Our Lady of the Snows)

The Monastery of San Pedro (Our Lady of the Snows)


Frederic Edwin Church

(American, 1826–1900)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 118.8 x 183.2 cm (46 3/4 x 72 1/8 in.)

Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1915.684



Although the location that inspired the painting has been subject to scholarly debate, many believe it derives from Church’s travels through the Ecuadorean Andes nearly a quarter century earlier. The composition reads as an allegory of spiritual salvation: perched atop a dramatic cliff, a brilliantly backlit monastery overlooks a shadowed foreground where a solitary figure navigates a rugged path.

See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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