The Consummation of Empire from The Course of the Empire c1836 by American Artist Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848); specializing in historical and landscape paintings that portrayed the American wilderness and was part of the Hudson River School Movement.
This is a scene of an Empire at the height of its glory, as opulence abounds everywhere that one looks and the people at all levels revel in their own minds glory.
The grand buildings of white marble glisten in the daylight and are adorned with gold, gold sculptures and marble statues.
Even the ships are adorned with gold and silk sails; while all the people are dressed in the most expensive and beautiful clothing and people over indulge in everything.
This is the symbol of an Empire on the decline, with the majority of its leaders and people unable to see the fall that lies before them.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
September 24th, 2019
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