Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and its Symbols, 1650-1815 / Edition 3

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In Puritan New England, with its abiding concern for things not of this world and its distrust of forms and ceremonies, one art flourished: the symbolic art of mortuary monument stonecarvers. This carefully researched, beautifully illustrated work was the first to consider this art in depth as a meaningful aesthetic-spiritual expression. It is reissued for today’s readers, with a new preface outlining changes in the field since the book appeared in 1966.

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“The classic exemplar of the method of looking at icons on gravestones and relating them to religious texts in an effort to reveal their meaning was perfected by Allan Ludwig in his Graven Images, first published in 1966…This edition provides the young scholar with a time-tested model of scholarship and analysis and the seasoned scholar with new reflections on old work.” —Journal of American Folklore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819560407
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New preface in the 1999 edition.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 796,874
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates and Maps
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface Acknowledgments
The Puritan Background
The Language of Religious Symbols Chapter I. Puritan Religion
The Function of Symbolism in Normative Puritan Theory
Puritan Symbolism in Religion Until 1800
Puritan Theology, Symbolism, and Imagery
Symbolic Mediacy and Immediacy in New England: Religion and Art
Symbolic Stonecarvings: A Study in Realized Eschatology
English Burial Rituals
Burial Rituals in New England
Chapter II. Iconography
New England Funerary Art
The Repertory of Symbols
Modalities of Meaning
Chapter III. Sources and Definitions of the Major New England Styles
English Stonecarving: 1550-1850
Engravings, Woodcuts, and Emblem Books
The Origins of the Provincial Baroque Style in Massachusetts: 1647-1735
The Growth of the Provincial Baroque Style in Massachusetts: 1722-1815
The Provincial Baroque Style in Rhode Island: 1690-1815
The Provincial Baroque Style in Connecticut in the 18th Century
The Origins and Development of the Neoclassical Style
The Origins and Development of the Ornamental Styles in New England
Puritanism and Puritan Art
The Vernacular and the Cultivated Traditions in Art
American Art and New England Stonecarving
Bibliographical Note

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