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Giovanni Battista 'Titta' Lusieri was one of Italy's great landscape artists,  yet within a few years of his death he had faded into obscurity. Lusieri was a watercolorist in Rome at a time when the medium was rarely embraced by Italians – as a result, he was more popular in Britain than in his home country.

Lusieri was one of the pioneers of 'panoramania', the fetish for panoramic cityscapes that swept through Europe and America at the end of the 18th century. The Panoramic view of Rome and its accompanying views are Lusieri's earliest known works in the genre, representing a key moment in the development of tastes in Western art.

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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, has organized the first exhibition to explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of Lake George. Between 1918 and the mid-1930s, O’Keeffe would spend months at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate slightly north of Lake George village. O’Keeffe’s paintings of the wooded, bucolic setting differ greatly from her well-known renderings of the sparse New Mexican landscape.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George presents the artist’s full swath of works created during her time at Lake George. The exhibition features 58 paintings from public and private collections and includes botanical compositions of flowers and vegetables as well as still lifes. O’Keeffe also painted a series of arboreal portraits that highlighted the variety of trees such a birches and poplars that grew in abundance around Lake George. In addition, the exhibition includes paintings of weathered barns and other structures as well as panoramic landscapes of the lake.

Modern Nature will be on view at the Hyde Collection through September 15, 2013. It will then travel to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (October 4, 2013 – January 6, 2014) and then to San Francisco’s de Young Museum (February 8, 2014 – May 11, 2014).

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The Panoramic View: The Hudson and the Thames, which is currently on view at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY, focuses on the panoramic vista, a form that became popular among artists in the late 18th century. The term panorama was originally coined by the Irish painter Robert Barker (1739-1806) to describe his wide-angle paintings of Edinburgh and London. The form was ideal for members of the Hudson River School and other artists entranced by the natural world as it allowed them to capture the sweeping grandeur of the landscapes that inspired them.

The Panoramic View includes works by Robert Havell, Jr. (1793-1878), an English artist who emigrated from London to New York and painted both the Hudson and the Thames; founder of the Hudson River School, Thomas Cole (1801-1848); and Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), a first-generation member of the Hudson River School. The exhibition features loans from galleries, private collections, and museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The New-York Historical Society.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies The Panoramic River, which is on view through May 19, 2013.

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