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By Thomas Gaehtgens

American painters and photo artists of the eighteenth and 19th centuries sought proposal for his or her paintings within the uniquely American event of historical past and nature. the end result was once a change of the normal previous global visible language into an indigenous and populist New international syntax. The twelve essays during this quantity discover the improvement of a frontier mythology, a democratic kind depicting universal humans and items, and an American creative awareness and id. Conceived and written from the views of either cultural and artwork historians, American Icons initiates an interdisciplinary dialogue at the advanced relationships among American and eu paintings.

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Munich, Alte Pinakothek, no. 606. 47 BUSCH 6. Detail of figure i. Photo: Markus Hilbich. 7. 5 cm. From Charles Le Brun, Méthode pour apprendre a dessiner les passions (Amsterdam: François van der Plaats, 1702), fig. 18. 48 Santa Monica, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. COPLEY, WEST, AND THE T R A D I T I O N OF E U R O P E A N HIGH ART 8. Detail of figure i. Photo: Markus Hilbich. 9. 3 cm. From Charles Le Brun, Méthode pour apprendre a dessiner les passions (Amsterdam: François van der Plaats, 1702), fig.

26 AMERICAN GENESIS 27 GROSECLOSE born appearance. A nineteenth-century painting (fig. 11), also in Genoa, by Francesco Gandolfi continues the tradition and adds the hosannas of a myriad of otherworldly beings to the occasion. Two French artists, Pharamond Blanchard in 1850 (fig. 12) and Jean-François de Troy a century earlier, also underline the mission's proselytizing aspect and Columbus's courtliness. It would be unwise to read the European concentration on conversion of the native inhabitants or the "enlightenment" offered by Christianity to the New World as a sign of sympathy for the Native Americans or of highmindedness in singling out the alleged Christian purpose of imperialism.

9). Beginning in 1882, when the Knights of Columbus formed, Columbus's Catholicism had been vigorously reasserted in the face of nativist groups insisting on a "traditionally" Anglo-Saxon Columbus. Here Abbey's elderly admiral kneels behind a magnificently robed prelate who is conducting a ceremony of thanksgiving flanked by two decoratively clad friars. As a bizarre embellishment, Abbey filled the sky with dozens of flamingos. The "Protestant" versus "Catholic" Columbus comes into play in later years in N.

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