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

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

1879

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 363.1915

Description

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
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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