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Citizen spectator : art, illusion, and visual perception in early national America

Author: Wendy Bellion
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press ; Williamsburg, Va. : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, ©2011.
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"Investigates Americans' experiences with material forms of visual deception and argues that encounters with illusory art shaped their understanding of knowledge, representation, and subjectivity between 1790 and 1825. Focusing on the work of the well-known Peale family and their Philadelphia Museum, as well as other Philadelphians, Bellion explores the range of illusions encountered in public spaces, from trompe  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Bellion
ISBN: 9780807833889 0807833886
OCLC Number: 640132952
Notes: Outgrowth of the author's thesis (Northwestern University).
Description: xviii, 351 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Theaters of visuality --
The politics of discernment --
Sight and the city --
Imitations and originals --
Looking for the invisible lady --
Phantasmagoric Washington --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Wendy Bellion.

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