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CLASSICAL TASTE IN AMERICA, 1800-1840. Wendy A. Cooper. Baltimore Museum of Art, 1993. Published in association with Abbeville Press, Inc., New York. 308 pp. with 238 ills. (131 col.). 30 x 24 cm. LC 93-9784 ISBN 1558593853 In English.
An extensive examination of the pervasive influence of classical aesthetic, social and intellectual ideals on early 19th-century American art and culture, this scholarly catalogue showcases a representative array of more than 200 objects that includes furniture, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and other decorative pieces as well as a selection of paintings and sculptures. Fine illustrations of the featured works accompany a five-part text that discusses the impact of British and French styles on the development of classicism in the United States, the distinctive adaptation of Greek and Roman motifs by American artisans, the mass production of classically inspired furnishings for the country's emerging middle class, and the appropriation of classical models as symbols of public and domestic virtue.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Decorative Arts — Neoclassicism
Plans: 01,06,07,17,22,30
Worldwide Number: 024126
Hardcover $65.00    

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