PhxArt Virtual Visit: Enjoy the Great Outdoors from Inside!

Phoenix Art Museum

With all this time at home, we can’t help but dream of our next great outdoor adventure (and no, we’re not talking about a Friday night trip to the grocery store).

Ansel Adams: Performing the Print

If your wanderlust is acting up, too, this PhxArt Virtual Visit is one you won’t want to miss. We’re bringing you collection highlights and breathtaking images from our latest collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography, Ansel Adams: Performing the Print, all of which feature epic vistas, soothing seascapes, and wintry hilltops reminiscent of the places we can’t wait to visit once it’s safe to get up and go.


Are you missing the mountains?

Zoroaster Temple at Sunset (Templo de Zoroastro al atardecer) by Thomas Moran, American, 1837 – 1926; oil on canvas

Or maybe the ocean is calling your name. Spend some time with these sublime landscapes from our collection to get inspired for your first post-pandemic getaway.


Take a Closer Look

Landscape: Playing the qin for a receptive audience (Paisaje: tocando el guqin para una audiencia receptiva) by Shangguan Zhou, Chinese, 1665 – 1749; ink and color on paper

Classical Chinese ink paintings sought to reflect and show reverence to the beauty of the natural world. Zoom in on this 18th-century work. What is the subject of the painting? Does its setting remind you of a place you’ve been before? Describe your memory to a friend or family member, or write a short description of it in your journal.


Did You Know?

El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Valley (El Capitán y el salto “Bridalveil”, Valle de Yosemite) by Thomas Hill, American, born in England, 1829 – 1908; oil on canvas

Thomas Hill first visited Yosemite Valley in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains with photographer Carleton Watkins, whose mammoth-plate photographs were influential in the site’s preservation as a national park in 1890. Hill, who had moved to San Francisco in 1856, returned to the East Coast in 1866. Each summer, he traveled back to sketch Yosemite, where he maintained a studio on the grounds of the Wawona Hotel, near the famed Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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