The exhibition deepens into an important and unexplored tradition of landscape image in Philadelphia from the early American Republic to the Centenary Exhibition (1876) and how this building formed the more famous Hudson River School. The key role of Philadelphia in the development of American landscape painting has never been the subject of a major museum exhibition. The exposition of the Academy of Fine Arts will highlight the growth of the genre from its roots, through its rise in the public consciousness.
At the exhibition "From Schoolkill to Hudson»Special attention will be paid to the representation of local waterways to demonstrate how these water views in Philadelphia represented some of the earliest and most influential places in the Americas.
In addition to exhibiting paintings and fine art prints, the exhibit will share with visitors a broader history of landscape performance in Philadelphia, incorporating decorative ceramics produced both locally and globally.
The highlight of the exhibition will be a group of major paintings of the Hudson River School, including works by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Birch, David Johnson, Frederick Church and Thomas Moran.