Art and Architecture Highlights with Sketching-Walking or Trolley Program (Grades: 4-12)

How is a cemetery a unique artistic environment?

Through close examination, sketching, and discussion, students will: analyze the symbols, materials, and architecture prevalent at Green-Wood; connect the natural landscape to artistic movements in the nineteenth century; and explore contemporary art on our grounds. Students leave with a full sketchbook—their own cemetery art guide.

In addition to discussing the symbols, inscriptions, and design features on many different types of monuments, students may explore art and architecture in a variety of other ways. Expand each section below to learn about art and architecture at Green-Wood. See this page for our full list of Focus Figures.

Contemporary Art

  • Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery by Sophie Calle, 2017
  • The Greeter by John Coleman: A contemporary tribute to painter of the American West, George Catlin, depicting Hidatsa Chief Black Moccasin, designed based off Catlin’s own drawings, installed in 2012
  • L’Ours (The Bear) by Dan Ostermiller: A bronze memorial to artist William Holbrook Beard, known for his paintings of anthropomorphized animals, installed at Green-Wood in 2002

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Sculpture and Architecture

  • The Stewart Mausoleum: Bronze bas-relief angels by Augustus-Saint Gaudens planking the door to the mausoleum designed by architect Stanford White
  • The DeWitt Clinton Monument by Henry Kirke Brown: Monumental bronze inspired by Classical sculpture memorializing DeWitt Clinton; New York City mayor, New York State governor, and the man behind the Erie Canal
  • Precious Georgie by Charles Calverley: Marble bas-relief of four year-old Georgie, son of Brooklyn preacher Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
  • Azrael, The Angel of Death by Solon Borglum: Striking sculpture of a bowing robed figure marking the grave of Brooklyn Mayor Charles Schieren
  • The Arch by Richard Upjohn & Son: Gothic Revival archway marking the Cemetery’s Main Entrance, featuring three ornate spires, two passages, and four tympanums with sculpture by John Moffitt
  • The Historic Chapel by Warren & Wetmore: Constructed on the site of one of Green-Wood’s glacial ponds, Arbor Water, the Historic Chapel was completed in 1912 to accommodate memorial services
  • The Four Ages by John Moffitt: Relief sculptures adorning the Fort Hamilton Gatehouse depicting four stages of life: infancy, youth, adulthood, and old age
  • Minerva and the Altar to Liberty: A monument erected in 1920 to the soldiers who died on that spot during the Battle of Brooklyn, August 2, 1776

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Artists and Architects

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: musician, poet and groundbreaking Neo-Expressionist and graffiti artist of the late twentieth century
  • George Bellows: Twentieth-century Realist painter
  • William Merritt Chase: American Impressionist painter
  • Vestie Edward Davis: Mid-twentieth-century folk artist who specialized in portraying Coney Island
  • Asher Durand: Hudson River School Painter, one of the founders of National Academy of Design
  • Nathaniel Currier and James Ives: famous publishers of nineteenth-century, picturesque Americana prints
  • Eastman Johnson: Civil War era genre painter whose canvases tell stories of daily life in those turbulent times
  • Emma Stebbins: Designer of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
  • James Renwick Jr.: Architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Jacob Wrey Mould: Architect of Belvedere Castle in Central Park
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany: artist and designer who revolutionized stained glass art

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