Frederic Church's Olana: Architecture and Landscape as Art

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By James Anthony Ryan

Introduction by Franklin Kelly

Olana, the Persian-style house and romantically-designed grounds built high on a hilltop just south of the city of Hudson by Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) draws 150,000 visitors annually and has been one of the most recognized landmarks along the Hudson River for over 125 years. It has been called “the single most important artistic residence in the United States.”

To say that Olana is the single most important artistic residence in the United States and one of the most significant in the world, is to state the obvious. To say that it is a place of the rarest, most profound, and most moving beauty and complexity and that it is a place that must be experienced to be fully understood and appreciated, is more to the point. In the end, though, one can only say that Olana is unique.----from the Introduction by Franklin Kelly.

Paperback, 104 pages, 74 photographs (31 full-color)

Dimensions: 8-1/2 x 11 x 1/4 inches

Perfect gift for those interested in Olana and the Hudson River School painters.