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Yosemite Exhibit At Yale University Art Gallery

Yosemite Exhibit At Yale University Art Gallery

Naturalist John Muir once called Yosemite National Park in California "the incomparable valley." An exhibit up now at Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven takes off from that definition, exhibiting artworks and natural-history specimens exploring many artistic and physical aspects of that glorious nature preserve.

All the familiar images of the park can be seen in the exhibit: El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, the Merced River, Glacier Point.

The centerpiece of the show is a glowing 1873 painting by Albert Bierstadt, which became the defining vision of the river canyon. In the work, spectators on horseback marvel at the u-shaped valley. Those back east...