Frederic Church's Olana: Architecture and Landscape as Art

Frederic Church's Olana: Architecture and Landscape as Art

by James Anthony Ryan
     
 
Beautiful four-color paintings and illustrations! Olana was the home of Frederic Church, a student of Thomas Cole and a major figure in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Called by Church "the center of the world," Olana's Persian-style house and romantically-designed grounds are a personal vision of harmony between man and the American landscape, a

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Beautiful four-color paintings and illustrations! Olana was the home of Frederic Church, a student of Thomas Cole and a major figure in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Called by Church "the center of the world," Olana's Persian-style house and romantically-designed grounds are a personal vision of harmony between man and the American landscape, a "perfect Eden of picturesque beauty." Built high on a hill between 1870 and 1891, Olana holds lordly sway over sweeping vistas of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River. Today, Olana is a New York State Historic Site visited annually by over 250,000 people, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York.

Editorial Reviews

Antiques and the Arts Weekly
The book is an excellent keepsake for anyone who has ever visited Olana, and will make you want to go if you haven't had the opportunity.
Maine Antique Digest
[a] focused, lovely history. ... The historical and contemporary photographs convey the quiet majesty of the place.
Sunday Gazette
This book will inspire readers to visit Olana. ... The modern photographs ... are so achingly vivid ... that people who have visited Olana will think they are back there. ... Ryan effectively uses text and photographs to give a sense of Church's thinking process in designing the house.
Booknews
Named for a fortress treasure-house in ancient Persia, Olana was the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a major figure in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Today, Olana is a New York State Historic Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Hudson Valley. Ryan, the site manager of Olana from 1979 to 1999, details the design and construction of Olana and the life and work of Frederic Church. An afterword recounts the history of Olana from 1900 to the present. Color photos and illustrations are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883789282
Publisher:
Black Dome Press
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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"Tells the story...thoroughly, eloquently and with a deep understanding."
curator of American & British Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Wash., DC

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