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Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California

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Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California
ArtistAlbert Bierstadt
Year1865 (1865)
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions163.83 cm × 245.11 cm (64.50 in × 96.50 in)
LocationBirmingham Museum of Art

Looking Down the Yosemite Valley, California is an 1865 painting by the German-American painter Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902).[1]

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.

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  1. ^ "Looking Down Yosemite Valley Returns". Birmingham Art Museum. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2013.

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