Cotopaxi (painting)

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Cotopaxi church.jpg
ArtistFrederic Edwin Church
Year1862 (1862)
MovementLandscape painting
DimensionsUnframed: 48 × 85 in. (121.9 × 215.9 cm), Framed: 66 5/8 in. × 103 in. × 6 1/4 in. (169.2 × 261.6 × 15.9 cm)
LocationDetroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
OwnerDetroit Institute of Arts

Cotopaxi is an 1862 oil painting by the Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church. The work was commissioned by well-known philanthropist James Lenox. The painting was met with great acclaim, and seen as a parable of the Civil War, then raging in the South, with its casting of light against darkness.[1] The painting depicts Cotopaxi, a volcano that is also the second highest peak in modern-day Ecuador, spewing smoke and ash across a sunrise. Church also painted another landscape by the same name that also features the volcano in the distance, which is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.[2]

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  1. ^ "Frederic Edwin Church : Cotopaxi, 1862 : oil on canvas". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Cotopaxi | All Works | the MFAH Collections".