Frederic Edwin Church / Heart of the Andes / 1859Frederic Edwin Church
Heart of the Andes

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Creator Name: Church, Frederic Edwin
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1826-1900
Creator Name-CRT: Frederic Edwin Church
Title: Heart of the Andes
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Creation Start Date: 1859
Creation End Date: 1859
Creation Date: 1859
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 66 1/8 x 119 1/4 in. (168.0 x 302.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 09.95
Credit Line: Bequest of Margaret E. Dows, 1909

This picture was inspired by Church's second trip to South America in the spring of 1857. Church sketched prolifically throughout his nine weeks travel in Ecuador, and many extant watercolors and drawings contain elements found in this work. The picture was publicly unveiled in New York at Lyrique Hall, 756 Broadway, on April 27, 1859. Subsequently moved to the gallery of the Tenth Street Studio Building, it was lit by gas jets concealed behind silver reflectors in a darkened chamber. The work caused a sensation, and twelve to thirteen thousand people paid twenty-five cents apiece to file by it each month. The picture was also shown in London, where it was greatly admired as well.

AMICA ID: MMA_.09.95
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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