The Course of Empire – Consumation

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The print features the famous painting “Consummation” from Thomas Cole’s series “The Course of Empire.” This masterpiece of visual art depicts the pinnacle of a civilization, represented by a splendid palace and a prosperous society. However, behind the opulence, there is an aura of decadence and corruption, symbolizing the inevitable decline that follows the peak of power.

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The Course of Empire

"The Course of Empire" by Thomas Cole vividly encapsulates the cyclical narrative of civilization's rise and fall, echoing the adage "Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times." Through the series—from the untamed beauty of "The Savage State" to the prosperity in "The Consummation of Empire," followed by downfall in "Destruction" and the eventual return to nature in "Desolation"—Cole illustrates how civilizations flourish from the virtues born out of adversity, reach their zenith, then decline due to complacency and moral decay, ultimately leading to their downfall. This progression mirrors the proverb's sequence of societal strength and weakness, underscoring the intrinsic link between human nature, societal values, and the fate of civilizations. Cole's work serves as a visual meditation on this cycle, prompting reflection on how the lessons of history and nature's enduring cycles can inform our understanding of human progress and vulnerability.

Premium poster quality

Our focus on premium materials and precision in printing brings every detail of the artwork to life, ensuring a superior visual experience.

Museum Quality

Each poster is crafted to meet the high standards of museum-quality, ensuring longevity and aesthetic excellence.

Premium Japan Paper

We use only the finest Japanese premium paper, known for its superior texture and durability.


Our posters are printed on 189g/m² paper, striking the perfect balance between thickness and flexibility.

10.3 Thickness

At 10.3 mil, the thickness of our paper guarantees robustness, preventing wear and tear while maintaining a sleek appearance.