Presented in collaboration with the Civic Committee of the Salisbury Association and the Scoville Memorial Library
Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt was a renowned explorer, groundbreaking scientist and the subject of the recent best selling book “Invention of Nature” by Andrea Wulf. With the rediscovery by a wider audience of the fascinating man, Olana’s exhibit this year ties into the publication, showing how von Humboldt influenced the Hudson River painter Frederic Church and his explorations of South America and beyond, culminating in his great painted masterpiece”Heart of the Andes” (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
Ms. Balint will discuss both artist and explorer, and their contributions to art, science and popular culture of the nineteenth century. She will also examine how their works relate to the development of specific branches of science during this period and the general public’s fascination with the natural world during this era.
Valerie Balint has been a curator at Olana for the past fifteen years. Previously she has worked at the artist homes of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, and abstract painters Suzy Frelinghuysen and George Morris – both in the Berkshires. She is a frequent lecturer and author on Frederic Church, the Hudson River School and mid-nineteenth century social history.
Meets in Wardell Room