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A SISTERHOOD OF SCULPTORS: AMERICAN ARTISTS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY ROME. Melissa Dabakis. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 2014. 302 pp. with 104 ills. 26 x 24 cm. LC 2013-46864 ISBN 9780271062198 In English.
Publisher's description: When Elizabeth Cady Stanton penned the Declaration of Sentiments for the first women's rights convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, she unleashed a powerful force in American society. In A Sisterhood of Sculptors, Melissa Dabakis outlines the conditions under which a group of American women artists adopted this egalitarian view of society and negotiated the gendered terrain of artistic production at home and abroad. Between 1850 and 1876, a community of talented women sought creative refuge in Rome and developed successful professional careers as sculptors. Some of these women have become well known in art-historical circles: Harriet Hosmer, Edmonia Lewis, Anne Whitney, and Vinnie Ream. The reputations of others have remained, until now, buried in the historical record: Emma Stebbins, Margaret Foley, Sarah Fisher Ames, and Louisa Lander. At midcentury, they were among the first women artists to attain professional stature in the American art world while achieving international fame in Rome, London, and other cosmopolitan European cities. In their invention of modern womanhood, they served as models for a younger generation of women who adopted artistic careers in unprecedented numbers in the years following the Civil War.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Sculpture — Women Artists
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 162408
Hardcover $59.95    

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