Classical Taste in America 1800-1840 (The baltimore Museumof Art)
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Titolo: Classical Taste in America 1800-1840 (The ...
Casa editrice: Abbeville Press 1993
Data di pubblicazione: 1993
Condizione sovraccoperta: Dust Jacket Included
Edizione: 1st Edition
In the early 19th century, Americans embraced classicism as an international style that had its European beginnings in the 18th-century excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and as an expression of America's own emulation of classical precedents in government, ideal beauty, education and the decorative arts. This work investigates the wide-ranging impact of political, intellectual and aesthetic classical values on early 19th-century American culture through a close examination of 225 objects from the period, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, base metals, glass, ceramics, textiles and printed materials. The book also delves into the symbolic and actual significance of classicism in American life revealed in the adaptation of antique forms and motifs by American craftsmen and consumers.From Library Journal:
Early American tastemakers believed that the morality and virtue inherent in the Classical style was suitable for emulation by the citizens of the young United States, which led to one of the most flamboyant and exciting periods in American decorative arts history. Cooper draws on a wide range of period visual and written sources to develop five artful and fully footnoted essays in this catalog accompanying the traveling exhibition. Each essay explores such themes as European influence, public and private collecting of classically inspired fine art, and high-style and middle-class furnishings reflecting the New Republic's fascination with ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. The lavish color photographs are an appealing mixture, ranging from decorative details to sympathetic period interiors. Rarely are scholarly books so handsome. This valuable American decorative arts study is highly recommended for art history collections.
- Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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