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crazywingo


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I'm looking for paintings throughout art history that are showing some sort of rock climbing or mountaineering for a museum project I'm doing. I've found certain Japanese prints of the countless images of MT Fuji and things that are close but I want to make sure I'm not missing something. So if you happen to know a Monet or a Giotto that shows this, let me know!!!!

Thanks fellow climbers!


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Does it have to be a known artist? I mean think of the ancient people of the Americas? Like Hueco Tanks
Now I do believe there are some advertising prints of the Matterhorne.
Hey find a picture of Moses on top of the Mountain...that should be easy and probably by some well known artist.
Just for thoughts...


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Search for illustrations by Ernst Platz, he did a lot of great work illustrating climbing in the Alps. Very classic mountaineering art. He has definitely influenced my work.

Jamie


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Bats wrote:
Does it have to be a known artist? I mean think of the ancient people of the Americas? Like Hueco Tanks
Now I do believe there are some advertising prints of the Matterhorne.
Hey find a picture of Moses on top of the Mountain...that should be easy and probably by some well known artist.
Just for thoughts...

It's a little known fact that Moses invented the knee-bar.


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It depends on how you define "mountain climbing" or "rock climbing." Would you include Van Eyck's Bekehrung Pauli? What about those amazing landscapes in Titian's work (he grew up in the Dolomites)? Or Caspar Wolf or Caspar David Friedrich's Tschechen Altar and other paintings? Since mountains were one of the obsessions of romanticism and some early modernism, there's stacks of canonical landscapes with witnesses or mountain travelers.

If you mean strictly technical mountaineering, then you have fewer traditionally art historical choices unless you expand to include visual culture and thus "illustrators" like Platz. Because mountaineering's Golden Age was also contemporaneous with the rise of photography, the late 19th and early 20th c highlights are mostly photographic-- vittorio sella, gabriel loppe, etc.

You could always skim through the relevant sections of Simon Schama's Landscape and Memory for a quick introduction to the field. But the best art historical account of mountains and painting is still Wozniakowski, Die Wildnis. Other standard references like Steinitzer, Der Alpinismus in Bildern (1933); Christoffel, La montagne dans la peinture; and jean-petit-matile, les alpes vue par les peintres, try to give fairly comprehensive accounts.


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I didn't know that fact about Moses, Lime. But I did know he was the first with Aid Climbing.


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limeydave wrote:
Bats wrote:
Does it have to be a known artist? I mean think of the ancient people of the Americas? Like Hueco Tanks
Now I do believe there are some advertising prints of the Matterhorne.
Hey find a picture of Moses on top of the Mountain...that should be easy and probably by some well known artist.
Just for thoughts...

It's a little known fact that Moses invented the knee-bar.



i call shenanigans.... Moses doesn't get pumped.


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