John Singleton Copley in America

John Singleton Copley in America

by Carrie Rebora Barratt, Paul Staiti, Erica E. Hirshler
     
 
This book, which accompanies an important exhibition of Copley's work organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first major study of the artist published since 1966. Like the exhibition, it focuses on the large-scale paintings, miniatures, and pastels Copley executed before he moved to London, on the theory that

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This book, which accompanies an important exhibition of Copley's work organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first major study of the artist published since 1966. Like the exhibition, it focuses on the large-scale paintings, miniatures, and pastels Copley executed before he moved to London, on the theory that his American oeuvre is unified by the circumstances of it's production and is stylistically and intellectually distinct from his English pictures.

Lavish illustrations of the paintings, pastels, and miniatures in the exhibition; comparative works; maps; and photographs accompany the texts. A chronology, a bibliography that includes references of general and specific interest, and an index are included.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This ponderously impressive tome examines colonial painter Copley's American-produced oeuvre. The artist's life and work is covered until his relocation to London in 1774. Based on a large exhibition organized by New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, this is the first monograph to appear on Copley since 1966. Essays by noted American art historians trace the artist's training and subsequent production of oil paintings, pastels, and miniatures. The scholarly re-creation of issues pertinent to the artist and his sitters' social environment is matchless, and the illustrations alone are well worth the book's price. However, the text is not an easy narrative, perhaps because of its authoritative tone. This study is most appropriate for academic and specialized library collections with an emphasis on Early American art and culture.-Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
Booknews
A lavish, illustrated volume published to accompany an exhibition of Copley's work that will be traveling to several cities during 1996. The focus is on the paintings, miniatures, and pastels that Copley, the supreme portraitist of the colonial era, produced before he moved to London in 1774. Four principal essays place the work in historical and social context and bring new critical methods to bear upon the study of portraits and portraiture; four shorter essays treat various aspects of Copley's art and techniques. Catalog entries detail the sitters' lives and the ways in which Copley enhanced his subjects' status and presence. 10x12.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300086317
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

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