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Colonial American portraiture : the economic, religious, social, cultural, philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic foundations

Author: Wayne Craven
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
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In this new and provocative study, the renowned art scholar Wayne Craven examines early American portraiture not just in terms of the genius of particular artists, but as a complex expression of society and the individual. Historians of American art have long identified the evolution of styles in early portraits; Professor Craven asks why those styles developed as they did, looking beyond the formal boundaries of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Craven
ISBN: 0521320445 9780521320443
OCLC Number: 13643567
Description: xx, 459 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Part 1. Origins and beginnings, to 1680. The legacy of John Calvin: Christian virtues and a doctrine of prosperity --
Calvin, Milton, Cromwell, and the role of art: nationalism, naturalism, and the survival of the Elizabethan-Jacobean style --
The comeliness of attire and the loathsomeness of long hair: studies of iconography --
The seventeenth-century New England mercantile image: social content and style in the Freake portraits --
Portraits of prosperity versus images of gloom: the myth of old men and ministers, a Hawthorne legacy --
Seventeenth-century manuals on art, and the search for the early portrait painters --
Portraits of the Dutch in New Netherland Part 2. The transition, 1680-1740. The signs of change, 1680-1740: Cotton Mather, royal governors, Anglicans, George Lillo and the merchants --
The transition in New England, to 1720: 'tis now the time for New England to dance --
Portraiture in New York, 1710-1735: Mezzotints and the Hudson Valley patroon painters --
Peter Pelham, art, and music: " ... if Madam & Miss are not suffered to shake their heels abroad, they will make the house & family shake at home" --
John Smibert: the Knelleresque ideal and the empiricism of George Berkeley --
John Smibert: the eighteenth-century colonial mercantile portrait style --
Virginia: the cultural prologue and the rise of proto-aristocratic portraiture in the 1690s --
The aristocratic fluorescence in Virginia: provincial portraits and London dandies --
The aristocratic fluorescence in Virginia: "pray go very clean, neat, and handsomely dressed to Virginia" --
Maryland and South Carolina before 1740 Part 3. The culmination, 1740-1790. Prologue to the culmination of the colonial portrait style: the Calvinist heritage and Franklin's "way to wealth" --
The development of the American character in a land of opportunity: materialism, pragmatism, independence, self-confidence, egalitarianism, and the merchantile portrait in the north --
Philosophers and scientists: nihil est in intellectu quod non prius fuerit in sensu --
An ambience of elegance --
Robert Feke and the formulation of the colonial American portrait style --
Blackburn and Wollaston --
Copley's Boston --
John Singleton Copley: the early years --
Copley: at the crest of his colonial career --
Copley: problems with grandeur and triumphs in moderation --
Painting in the south after 1740 --
Philadelphia, before Charles Willson Peale --
Charles Willson Peale --
Epilogue: Peale's portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
Responsibility: Wayne Craven.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_56804
991000258309705351

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In this provocative study, the renowned art scholar Wayne Craven examines early American portraiture not just in terms of the genius of particular artists, but as a complex expression of society and  Read more...
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