Two Views on View

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986)
Ranchos Church, New Mexico, 1930–31
Oil on canvas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

The above painting is currently on view in the Carter’s permanent collection.

Liliane De Cock (b. 1939)
Rear of Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 1972
Gelatin silver print
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
(© 1972 Liliane De Cock)

This photograph is on view until June 28 in the new exhibition High Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz and His Legacy.

A quick search through the Carter’s collection database produced an impressive list of other artist’s depictions of Ranchos de Taos Church in Taos, New Mexico. This discovery led me to ask myself what is it about this particular place that has inspired so many artists to try and capture it on canvas, paper, or film? What other man-made wonders in America have inspired such artistic reverence?