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The landscape of belief : encountering the Holy Land in nineteenth-century American art and culture

Author: John Davis
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1996.
Series: Princeton series in nineteenth-century art, culture, and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape vistas that reflected, in their eyes, a powerful image of the United States. Here they saw a metaphor for their country: a New World promised land, a divinely favored Protestant nation created by and for a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Davis
ISBN: 0691043736 9780691043739 9780691058450 0691058458
OCLC Number: 32051364
Description: xviii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: The American identification with the Holy Land --The American presence in the Holy Land --
Panoramic imagery in the early nineteenth century --
Landscape, photography, and spectacle in the late nineteenth century --
Miner Kellogg, Mount Sinai, and the New Jerusalem Church --
Edward Troye's Holy Land series: the flow of sacred waters --
James Fairman: the view from outside --
Frederic Church's late career: the landscape of history.
Series Title: Princeton series in nineteenth-century art, culture, and society.
Responsibility: John Davis.
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This book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape vistas that reflected, in their eyes, a powerful image of the United States. Here they saw a metaphor for their country: a New World promised land, a divinely favored Protestant nation created by and for a modern "chosen people." Taking these biblical associations as a starting point, John Davis examines the ways in which nineteenth-century Americans looked to the actual landscape of the Holy Land as an extension of their national identity. Through close readings of panoramas, photographs, and conventional easel paintings, he shows how this "sacred topography" became a place to work out the competing ideological debates surrounding American exceptionalism, prophetic millennialism, anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment, and post-Darwinian science.

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