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Lure of Italy : American artists and the Italian experience, 1760-1914

Author: Theodore E Stebbins; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.; Cleveland Museum of Art.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.; et al
Publisher: Boston, MA : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1992.
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American Artists have been inspired by Italy since the 1760s, when Benjamin West, the first American painter to travel there, was drawn to the ancient Roman ruins and magnificent Renaissance architecture, statuary, and frescoes. This intriguing, superbly illustrated book is the first to explore the fascination Italy held for the American artist from West's time to the eve of World War I. The unique sense of the past  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Expositions
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Stebbins, Theodore E.
Lure of Italy.
Boston, MA : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1992
(OCoLC)645825009
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore E Stebbins; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.; Cleveland Museum of Art.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.; et al
ISBN: 0878463593 9780878463596 0810935619 9780810935617
OCLC Number: 26646082
Notes: "In association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York."
"Exhibition dates: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, September 16-December 13, 1992; The Cleveland Museum of Art, February 3-April 11, 1993; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, May 23-August 8, 1993"--T.p. verso.
Description: 470 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
Contents: American Painters and the Lure of Italy / Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. --
Celebrities of the Grand Tour: The American Sculptors in Florence and Rome / William H. Gerdts --
Seeing Italy: The Realistic Rediscovery by Twain, Howells, and James / William L. Vance --
"Gondola Days": American Painters in Venice / Erica E. Hirshler --
American Artists in Twentieth Century Italy / Fred S. Light --
Catalogue of the Exhibition. I: Joining the Grand Tour. II: Dream of Arcadia. III: Americans in Rome. IV: Decline and Fall. V: Views Afoot. VI: Florence and Tuscany. VII: Renaissance Revival. VIII: Venetian Life. IX: Related Works.
Responsibility: Theodore E. Stebbins ; with essays by William H. Gerdts ... [et al.].

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American Artists have been inspired by Italy since the 1760s, when Benjamin West, the first American painter to travel there, was drawn to the ancient Roman ruins and magnificent Renaissance architecture, statuary, and frescoes. This intriguing, superbly illustrated book is the first to explore the fascination Italy held for the American artist from West's time to the eve of World War I. The unique sense of the past found in Italy, where tangible evidence exists of a continual civilization from antiquity to the present, lured countless American artists to its cities, towns, and countryside. Painters from West and Copley in the eighteenth century to Cole, Inness, Whistler, Sargent, and Prendergast in the nineteenth century were inspired to create many of their finest works in Italy, as were American sculptors such as Hiram Powers and Harriet Hosmer and writers from Washington Irving to Henry James. This in-depth study includes 319 illustrations, of which 113 are reproduced in full color, many of works that have not previously been published. Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., John Moors Cabot Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Professor of Art History at Boston University, provides a broad overview of the American perception of Italy and the unique role that Italy played in the formation of American art. Further insights into this new area in the study and appreciation of American art are offered in four essays by such leading art historians as William H. Gerdts, City University of New York; Erica E. Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fred S. Licht, Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice, and Boston University; and William L. Vance, Boston University. Individual commentaries on each of the paintings, sculpture, and watercolors have been written by the curatorial staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lure of Italy accompanies a major exhibition of the same name, organized by Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., and Erica E. Hirshler that opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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