Happy Birthday Frederic E. Church!! Born in 1826, in Connecticut, Church was a large-scale landscape artist. He was student of Thomas Cole, a prominent figure in the Hudson River School and has been compared to Albert Bierstadt, who we looked at previously. He was able to create large panoramic vistas with incredible detail. Church did not limit his work to scenes from the US, but painted tropical, Arctic, European and Near Eastern scenes as well. A favorite of mine is Morning in the Tropics. The attention to detail in the foliage is phenomenal!