Frederic Edwin Church: Painting as Cinema

Frederic Edwin Church, Heart of the Andes, 1859, oil on canvas, 66 1.8 x 119 1/4
Frederic Edwin Church, Heart of the Andes, 1859, oil on canvas, 66 1.8 x 119 1/4 inches (collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Charley Parker posts about the original cinematic presentation of Frederic Edwin Church's painting Heart of the Andes.

Parker notes that "was originally displayed in a dark gallery where it was reportedly lit by theatrical gas jet and reflector lighting and displayed in an elaborate frame, decked with curtains to create the impression of a view from a window. The room was supposedly further arranged with palm fronds and visitors were provided with opera glasses to view the painting's details. Patrons waited in line, over 12,000 of them, and paid twenty-five cents (probably the equivalent of $6 or $7 today) to view the painting."