Allegory of a Landscape

Allegory of a LandscapeStudent Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium

Frans Wildenhain

Ceramic mural. 8' x 28'

Look at this painting as if you were flying over it. The inspiration for this mural is derived from an aerial view of the Finger Lakes. If the viewer brings too literal a perspective to its contemplation, you are sure to be disappointed. Only when the mural is considered as the symbolic representation of a terrain distinguished by its geography but also abundantly rich in earth, water, and life will its vibrant, almost unruly beauty comes into focus.

The artist, Frans Wildehain, is considered the most distinguished ceramicists in America. He was one of the original instructors in RIT's School for American Crafts where he helped to create the legendary ceramics program.


View It: The Art and Architecture of RIT. pg.3-4. Ed. Pankow, David. RIT Cary Graphic Art Press. Rochester: 2004.