Friday, January 7, 2011

The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole

One of my favorite artists is Thomas Cole who was born an Englishman but came to the United States and settled in Steubenville, Ohio.  Cole painted a series of pictures that depict the birth, ascent and decline of empire.  Do empires fall slowly and gradually as portrayed by Thomas Cole or do they fall suddenly?  Is history cyclical or is it rythmic? Does it repeat itself or does its pulse rush like the waters of the Niagra on some occasions but on others it just trickles like the creek running through the yard?

Savage State

Pastoral State

Consumation State

State of Destruction

                                                               State of Desolation

Kevin Probst - Is a teacher of Apologetics and History at Calvary Christian School and Associate Pastor of Crosspointe Nazarene Church church in Columbus, Georgia.

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