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This Weekend at Olana: Dr. David Schuyler to Speak on the Importance of the Hudson River Valley

Chelsea DeLay | August 16th, 2012 | Posted in News

No plans for the weekend yet? If you feel the urge to escape the city for one of the last weekends of the summer, head upstate to find refuge in the old stomping grounds of Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church.  The picturesque landscape oozing with American history has the power to refuel and revitalize anyone: Doses of clean, fresh air and rural silence are administered freely to those suffering from a case of “summer in the city”. Contrary to the 250 acres that comprise the Olana estate today, Church’s residence began as a small plot of land on a hilltop in 1860.  Over the years, the artists continued to purchase the surrounding land, and his small cottage expanded into the impressive Persian structure that is today’s Olana. 

The region’s charm has been luring artists and visitors alike for many years, and this Saturday is no different: At 4pm, a free lecture entitled Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley will be given by American art historian and author Dr. David Schuyler.  A friend of Questroyal and fellow art-enthusiast, Dr. Schuyler will be discussing the significant impact that the Hudson River Valley had on American landscape art, as well as the area’s involvement in shaping a national identity in the late 1800s.  With a foundation of knowledge that spans over 30 years, Dr. Schuyler will most certainly touch on important facets of the Hudson River Valley, areas that can be seen in the works of Thomas Cole and Olana’s master, Frederic E. Church.

View of the Olana mansion, Hudson, NY.

Frederic E. Church, “Clouds Over Olana,” 1872, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY.

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.