Inspired by artists from the northeast who were part of the Hudson River School, landscape painting was one of the most popular painting genres in nineteenth-century America.
Adventurous artists soughtlandscape scenes outside the continental US, some traveled to the Arctic, where they painted icebergs and the Northern Lights. Other artists visited equatorial South America, where they were delighted with the elevated vistas and glowing volcanoes. The Amazon and the Andes were rich sources of exotic paintings. Many considered South America to be "a country of scientific wonders, the golden wealth and innocence of Eden."
The exhibition features works by John Stanley, Thomas Hill, and several other pezazhistov.