Frederic Edwin Church was an American landscape painter from 1826-1900. He was born May 4, 1826 in Hartford, Connecticut and died April 7, 1900 in Locust Valley, New York. He was member of the Hudson River School of American landscape painters, and studied natural sciences on top of art. Due to Church’s family fortune he was able to pursue art at a young age and became fairly popular over the years. At eighteen he shadowed Thomas Cole, an american artist known for his landscape and history paintings. Mr. Cole had once characterized the student as having “the finest eye for drawing in the world.” Frederic was inspired by the sights he would see on his travels to places such as Arctic, Central, and South America, and from one of his trips to South America he was inspired to create his masterpiece “The Heart of the Andes”. His work is now displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the Tenth Street Studio in New York City. Church’s paintings sometimes got into so much detail people used opera glasses to see it. He was a large contributor to the art community and made many masterpieces over his lifespan. After his death many people were inspired by his work and took on the style; large panoramic landscapes. His work was almost always based off of real landscapes but sometimes made up to make the painting more interesting. He often drew mountains, waterfalls, sunsets, or “dramatic natural phenomenons”. But Church didn't just paint landscapes he was also well known for his sketches of many scenes such as in the Catskill Mountains and the Berkshires of Massachusetts. His work is now displayed in museums all over the world such as The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City. Church was a large contributor to landscape art and helped set the path for modern day artists.