The rise and fall of a civilization in five paintings.
The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole. Having all five together in the same pin gives more impact to the meaning of the series. One of my favourite paintings on the evolution and progress of civilisation.
Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was an English-born American artist known for his landscape and history paintings. He is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. (Wikipedia) ("The Pic-Nic" by Thomas Cole)