n order to depict nature in its exalted sublimity, we must not dwell exclusively on its external manifestations, but we must trace its image, reflected in the mind of man, at one time filling the dreamy land of physical myths with forms of grace and beauty, and at another developing the noble germ of artistic creations."
—Alexander von Humboldt, introduction to volume 2 of
Inspired by his intellectual mentor, Alexander von Humboldt, Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church created one of his most regarded works,
Heart of the Andes,
1859 (pictured left) after his second trip to Ecuador in 1857.