Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana | Olana State Historic Site | Art Exhibits | Chronogram Magazine

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Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana

Frederic Church traveled to the Middle East in 1867-68 for a trip that greatly influenced his subsequent work. The new exhibition marks the first time that the costumes Church collected on that journey have been thoroughly identified and exhibited in his Persian-inspired home, alongside drawings, sketches and paintings inspired by his travels. The exhibition provides an extraordinary opportunity to see the costumes, and the art that they influenced, in the home that Church built following his Middle East experience. That experience even shaped Church’s concept of home, as both the exterior and interior of the Main House at Olana clearly reveal.