No. 402: Cole’s Catskill Creek, Book of Beasts

Episode No. 402 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators H. Daniel Peck and Elizabeth Morrison.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York is presenting “Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek.” For the first time, the exhibition considers Cole’s paintings of Catskill Creek, a 46-mile long river that drains part of the Catskill Mountains and enters the Hudson just below the town of Catskill, as a series. It includes 12 Coles and paintings of Catskill Creek by artists who followed Cole, including Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church. “Thomas Cole’s Refrain” was curated by H. Daniel Peck, a professor emeritus at Vassar College, and is on view through November 3 before traveling to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. Peck is also the author of an excellent accompanying book also titled “Thomas Cole’s Refrain.” It was published by Cornell University Press’s Three Hills imprint. Amazon offers it for $32.

On the second segment, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Elizabeth Morrison discusses “Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World,” which she curated with assistance from with Larisa Grollemond. The bestiary is the tradition that brought animals — both real and imagined — to the pages of manuscripts, tapestries and other objects during the Middle Ages. The Getty exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and contemporary works that demonstrate the influence of the 1,500-year-old bestiary tradition. It’s on view at the Getty Center through August 18. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by the Getty. Amazon offers its for $60.

Air date: July 18, 2019.

Thomas Cole, View in the Catskills, ca. 1825-48.

Thomas Cole, View Near Catskill, 1828-29.

Thomas Cole, View Near the Village of Catskill, 1827.

Thomas Cole, Lake Winnepesaukee, 1828 or 1829.

Thomas Cole, Sunset, View on the Catskill, 1833.

Thomas Cole, View of Catskill Creek, ca. 1833.

Thomas Cole, North Mountain and Catskill Creek, 1838.

Thomas Cole, Sunset in the Catskills, 1841.

Thomas Cole, From the RR Bridge Near Catskill, Sept. 13, 1840.

Thomas Cole, Settler’s Home in the Catskills, 1842

Thomas Cole, On Catskill Creek, Sunset, ca 1845-47.

Thomas Cole, River in the Catskills, 1843.

Thomas Cole, Catskill Creek, NY, 1845.

Two leaves from a missal, Germany (Hamburg), before 1831. Morgan Library, New York.

Tapestry, Switzerland (Basel), ca. 1480.

Herbal, in a miscellany, Germany, ca. 1350-1400. Trinity College, Cambridge.

Bestiary (Aberdeen Bestiary), England, ca. 1200.

English, about 1250, from Bestiary.

Hans Hoffmann, A Hare in the Forest, ca. 1585.

Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark, 1613.

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