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Art exhibition rediscovers Alps of 18th century

Wolf's painting "Wasserfall im Tobel bei Muri" is one of the works in the exhibition Keystone

The 18th century Swiss painter, Caspar Wolf, is considered to be the painter who discovered the Swiss Alps for the art world. Many of his nearly 200 oil works are on exhibition in Muri in canton Aargau until mid-September.

This content was published on June 25, 2001 - 12:44

The exhibition takes visitors on an 18th century voyage through the Swiss Alps, as seen by Caspar Wolf. Under contract with a Bern publisher, Wolf completed a vast series of paintings that were unrivalled at the time.

One of the most respected artists of the period, his paintings - combined with the writings of authors such as Lord Byron - helped open the Alps to exploration and tourism.

The accuracy of Wolf's depictions and his attention to detail have also made his works an invaluable source of information for geologists and historians studying the changes to the Swiss alpine environment.

Scientists have used his paintings to help date periods of glacier extension and retreat. And in paintings depicting cliffs, Wolf also accurately showed their colouring, providing clues as to their geological makeup.

"Caspar Wolf, a panorama of the Swiss Alps" runs at the Singisenforum in the monastery in Muri in canton Aargau until September 16.

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