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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 : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, [2011] ©2011
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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: Electronic books
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Bellion, Wendy.
Citizen spectator
(DLC) 2010023645
(OCoLC)640132952
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Bellion
ISBN: 9781469600437 1469600439
OCLC Number: 861793356
Notes: Outgrowth of the author's thesis (Northwestern University).
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 351 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
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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