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Themes in Art

The Sublime

‘Whatever is in any sort terrible or is conversant about terrible objects or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime’. This terror, as defined by Edmund Burke in his 1757 essay A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, is what humans feel when faced with greatness beyond measurement. The power of a thunderstorm, a mountain range of inexpressible size, and of course, the existential epiphany of our spiritual insignificance in the vast sweep of the universe.

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A Dream of Italy, Robert S. Duncanson

A Dream of Italy

Robert S. Duncanson, c. 1855
A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, Albert Bierstadt

A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie

Albert Bierstadt, 1866
Cotopaxi, Frederic Edwin Church


Frederic Edwin Church, 1862
Lake George Reflection, Georgia O'Keeffe

Lake George Reflection

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1921-1922
Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California, Albert Bierstadt

Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California

Albert Bierstadt, 1865
Mount Corcoran, Albert Bierstadt

Mount Corcoran

Albert Bierstadt, 1876-1877
The Voyage of Life: Childhood, Thomas Cole

The Voyage of Life: Childhood

Thomas Cole, 1842
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