Transparent Eyeball - Perspectives No. 389
Both Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) and Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-1892) were graduates of Harvard Divinity School and both served as ministers after their graduations. But both turned away from more traditional religious institutions and toward transcendentalism, a philosophical movement of which Emerson was a leader. The movement incorporated, among other tenets, what its believers saw as the sacred power of nature.
To illustrate Emerson’s transparent eyeball concept, Cranch created a caricature. Cranch was a poet, caricaturist and landscape painter. His paintings were in the style of the Hudson River school, perhaps influenced by the Barbizon school in France, but, his most well-remembered artwork is this simple hand-drawn caricature.
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