Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
|Rating||:||4.83 (502 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||448 Pages|
Very readable study of Southern paintings What a treat to read this book about Southern painters and painting. We've been waiting for such a detailed study that was well-written and well-illustrated for a long time, and now it's here and well worth the wait. The author's amazing depth of knowledge about every painting and painter contributes so much to the value of the book as a reliable reference to this period. The author makes so many connections between and among painters, . Marlene said Great find for the geneaologist working in Charleston, SC. Contains details and images of many of our relatives that lived in Charleston, SC. Many hard to find images. It was worth the price and more.George Edward and Marlene Weekley. HamItUP said Wonderful Book. I was in Williamsburg, VA a few months ago and saw the exhibit. It was a wonderful tour and loved seeing the paintings. I wanted to buy the book to remember the exhibit, but unfortunately it was too expensive for me. When I returned home, I thought I'd try to see if Amazon carried it and they did. It was less expensive on Amazon and so I couldn't be more pleased to buy it. I realize historic places need to make a profit but there are ti
“Rich in fact, detailed in prose, and colorful in presentation, this title sets a new standard.”—Library Journal, starred review
During this period, paintings included not only portraits, but also seascapes, landscapes, and pictures made by explorers and naturalists.The first comprehensive study of this subject, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South draws upon materials including diaries, correspondence, and newspapers in order to explore the stylistic trends of the period and the lives of the sitters, as gentility spread from the wealthiest southerners to the middle class. This beautifully illustrated volume presents the complex ways in which the lives of artists, clients, and sitters were interconnected in the early American South. Featuring works by John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, and Benjamin West, among many others, this important book examines the training and status of painters, the distinction between fine art and the mechanical arts, the popularity of portraiture, and the nature of clientele between 1540 and 1790, providing a new, critical understanding of the history of art in the American South.