Art as Evidence: Writings on Art and Material Culture

Art as Evidence: Writings on Art and Material Culture

by Jules David Prown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300084315

ISBN-13: 9780300084313

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Jules Prown is renowned as a historian of American art and a pioneer in the study of material culture, a discipline that attempts to achieve a more profound understanding of individuals and societies using works of art as tangible evidence. This important book celebrates Prown's distinguished career, bringing together eighteen of his most influential essays, along…  See more details below

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Jules Prown is renowned as a historian of American art and a pioneer in the study of material culture, a discipline that attempts to achieve a more profound understanding of individuals and societies using works of art as tangible evidence. This important book celebrates Prown's distinguished career, bringing together eighteen of his most influential essays, along with a new introductory chapter, an intellectual autobiography that explains the evolution of his life's work. The volume begins with theoretical essays that document Prown's thinking as a cultural art historian, followed by the presentation of a number of his finest writings on American art. These pieces focus on the work of key eighteenth-century American artists-Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, and John Trumbull-who painted in England as well as in America, and on the work of such major nineteenth-century artists as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. The essays reveal Prown's trajectory as an art historian: the earlier ones are examples of more traditional art historical methodology, as Prown investigates formalist and iconographic techniques, and the later ones demonstrate his developing interest in unpacking cultural meaning from objects. What results is a remarkable collection that clearly conveys the import of Prown's contribution to the study of American art and material culture.

Author Biography: Jules David Prown is Paul Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084313
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction1
1An Anatomy Book by John Singleton Copley12
2John Singleton Copley in New York26
3The Art Historian and the Computer: An Analysis of Copley's Patronage, 1753-177436
4Style as Evidence52
5Mind in Matter: An Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method69
6The Expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1764 under Colonel Bouquet: Two Early Drawings by Benjamin West96
7Benjamin West's Family Picture: A Nativity in Hammersmith117
8Charles Willson Peale in London133
9John Trumbull as History Painter159
10Winslow Homer in His Art188
11Thomas Eakins' Baby at Play205
12Raphaelle Peale: Fruit in a Silver Basket215
13The Truth of Material Culture: History or Fiction?220
14Material/Culture: Can the Farmer and the Cowman Still Be Friends?235
15The Promise and Perils of Context243
16In Pursuit of Culture: The Formal Language of Objects254
17Benjamin West and the Use of Antiquity257
18A Course of Antiquities at Rome, 1764281
Bibliography295
Index299
Photo Credits305

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