Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California
|Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||163.83 cm × 245.11 cm (64.50 in × 96.50 in)|
|Location||Birmingham Museum of Art|
It was Bierstadt's first large-scale Yosemite picture, a subject for which he would become well known. It presents a view of one of America's most scenic spots. Based on sketches made during a visit in 1863, Bierstadt paints the valley from a vantage point just above the Merced River, looking due west with the prospect framed by El Capitan on the right, and Sentinel Rock on the left; the spire of Middle Cathedral Rock is visible in the distance.
- American Paradise: The World of the Hudson River School, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on this painting (see index)
- Looking Down the Yosemite Valley, California Picturing America : teachers resource book