The pink and white terraces

Framing the View

New Zealand’s spectacular scenery captivated European artists and photographers who came here in the 1800s. With no works by Old Masters to copy, nature was their training ground.

To perfect their art, European artists and photographers braved the elements, producing depictions that ranged from untouched worlds to romantic wonderlands and pictures of domestication.

A favourite site was the Pink and White Terraces, once considered ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. Paintings and photographs continued to reproduce their glory long after they vanished beneath the 1886 Tarawera eruption.

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