Oil on canvas
Unframed: 118.8 x 183.2 cm (46 3/4 x 72 1/8 in.)
Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 363.1915
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.
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