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American Pantheon examines the influences upon not only those virtues and persons selected for inclusion in the American pantheon, but also those excluded. Two chapters address the exclusion of slavery...
American Pantheon examines the influences upon not only those virtues and persons selected for inclusion in the American pantheon, but also those excluded. Two chapters address the exclusion of slavery and African Americans from the art in the Capitol, a silence made all the more deafening by the major contributions of slaves and free black workers to the construction of the building. Two other authors consider the subject of women emerging as artists, subjects, patrons, and proponents of art in the Capitol, a development that began to emerge only in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The Rotunda, the Capitol's principal ceremonial space, was designed in part as an art museum of American history—at least the authorized version of it. It is explored in several of the essays, including discussions of the influence of the early-nineteenth-century Italian sculptors who provided the first sculptural reliefs for the room and the contributions of the mid-nineteenth-century Italian American artist Constantino Brumidi, to the mix of allegory, mythology, and history that permeates the space and indeed the Capitol itself.
|Pantheon on the Potomac : the architectural evolution of the Capitol Rotunda||1|
|The Italian influence on American political iconography : the United States capitol as lure and disseminator||23|
|A new world pantheon : Italian sculptural contributions in the Capitol Rotunda||59|
|Virtue and virtual reality in John Trumbull's "Pantheon"||72|
|"Lost in America" : David d'Angers's bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson, 1832-1833||90|
|The problem with public art : Henry Kirke Brown's Thinking Negro (1855) from his pedimental design for the United States Capitol||111|
|Photographing the interior sky : a photographer's view of state capitols||138|
|Masking slavery in and on the United States Capitol Rotunda||143|
|Vinnie Ream's Lincoln (1871) : the sexual politics of a sculptor's studio||160|
|Mythology, allegory, and history : Brumidi's frescoes for the new dome||176|
|Constantino Brumidi as decorator and history painter : an iconographic analysis of two rooms in the United States Capitol||204|
|Gender and public space : women and art in the United States Capitol, 1860-2001||220|
|The United States Capitol Rotunda and the decoration of the state capitols, 1870-1930||254|