Painting and Nature Preservation: Yosemite, Science, and Art


Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect who designed Central Park in New York, was asked to write a report for the state of California concerning the gift of Yosemite to the state as a park.

Recognizing the scientific and aesthetic value of the park, Olmsted recommended that the park be considered "a field of study for science and art."

He also proposed that four of the eight commissioners of the park be "students of natural science or landscape artists."

Thomas Hill, View of Yosemite Valley, 1885, Metropolitan Museum of Art