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Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire (1833-1836)

This sequence of paintings, all of which feature the common landmark of a large rock outcropping, illustrates the origin, growth, perfection, and decay of an imaginary imperial city, providing a sort of visual representation of Anacyclosis. The original paintings are owned by the New York Historical Society.

 


The Course of Empire: The Savage State

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Savage State (1836)

 

  

 

The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State (1836)

 

  

 

 

The Course of Empire: The Consummation

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Consummation (1836)

 

  

 

 

The Course of Empire: Destruction

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: Desolation (1836)

 

 

  

 

The Course of Empire: Desolation

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: Desolation (1836)