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Thomas Cole: The ‘American’ Painter and “The Course of Empire”

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Thomas Cole: The ‘American’ Painter and “The Course of Empire”

In the early 19th century, Thomas Cole took on the mission of creating art that would capture and bring to life the wilderness of the unexplored America. He strove to bring the art of landscape painting to the heights of history painting, while embracing the natural world and creating moments of contemplative power for the viewers. Together, we will analyze the paintings of Cole and investigate their continuing impact and meaning to us today in the 21st century. 

Christine Maasdam, M.A., holds a Master in Humanities and a B.A. in Cultural Geography. Her art studies include The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in D.C. and Post Graduate studies in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow. She is a graduate of the Art Crime Investigation Seminar led by Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team. Christine is a member of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and holds a certificate from Trident Manor on Protection of Cultural Venues. Christine received Sotheby’s certification on Determining Value: An Appraiser’s Perspective. She has spent over a decade as a LACMA docent and is an active volunteer at the City of David archaeological dig in Israel.

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