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Between the years of 1868 and 1869, Frederic Edwin Church undertook a grand tour of the Mediterranean Sea and its surroundings, following years of travels to the tropical South and the frozen North of the Americas. The artist had never been too interested in Europe as a whole, so much of his tour took him through the southern edge of the Mediterranean, visiting Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. The same trip would end in extended stays in Rome and Athens, which the artist is said not to have enjoyed much, preferring the less urbanized environments he found in Northern Africa and the Levant.
That tour would serve as the main inspiration for much of Church’s work in his late career, including this beautiful oil on canvas, finished in 1874, as old age and disease started to creep up on the artist, causing the pace of his work to slow down increasingly over the years. Now in possession of private collectors, the piece applies many of the same tropes and techniques that made not only Church but the Hudson River School as a whole, famous. From the composition to the stylistic choices, the piece shares many of its characteristics with previous work by the artist using distinct subject matters.
Although the choice of subject matter here might seem extremely out of character for an artist who usually depicts only the natural wonders of the Americas, it is essential to understand the role played by each the architectural elements that the artist chose to include in his painting. Even if it seems that Church has changed his focus from natural landscapes to architectural depictions, it is of no small relevance that the constructions represented here were not only not in use, but hadn't been used in decades, if not centuries. As such, although they are a sign of human influence on the landscape, the colonnade of Greek inspiration in the foreground and the fortification of European, most possibly Norman, construction in the background are more a part of the Syrian cultural landscape than a sign of urbanization of the environment.
Being so, the main thing to be taken away from this beautiful work with light on a variety of materials is that, if for Church the American national identity was formed around its natural wealth, the Levantine wealth was cultural and historical, which helps us understand even more about the artist’s thoughts on the Americas.
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