The Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture

The Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture

by John Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691058458

ISBN-13: 9780691058450

Pub. Date: 01/26/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape vistas that reflected, in their eyes, a powerful image of the United States. Here they saw a metaphor for their country: a New World promised land, a

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This book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape vistas that reflected, in their eyes, a powerful image of the United States. Here they saw a metaphor for their country: a New World promised land, a divinely favored Protestant nation created by and for a modern "chosen people." Taking these biblical associations as a starting point, John Davis examines the ways in which nineteenth-century Americans looked to the actual landscape of the Holy Land as an extension of their national identity. Through close readings of panoramas, photographs, and conventional easel paintings, he shows how this "sacred topography" became a place to work out competing ideological debates surrounding American exceptionalism, prophetic millennialism, anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment, and post-Darwinian science.

Drawing on sermons, diaries, travel volumes, and novels, Davis explores the growth of a specific cultural market for landscape imagery of Ottoman Palestine and the manner in which easel painters responded to the popular demand for vernacular representations. Treating little-known painters such as Edward Troy and James Fairman together with major figures including Frederic Church, this volume combines pioneering research and new interpretations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058450
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/26/1998
Series:
Princeton Series in 19th Century Art, Culture, and Society
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
7.51(w) x 10.01(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Ch. 1The American Identification with the Holy Land13
Ch. 2The American Presence in the Holy Land27
Ch. 3Panoramic Imagery in the Early Nineteenth Century53
Ch. 4Landscape, Photography, and Spectacle in the Late Nineteenth Century73
Ch. 5Miner Kellogg, Mount Sinai, and the New Jerusalem Church101
Ch. 6Edward Troye's Holy Land Series: The Flow of Sacred Waters127
Ch. 7James Fairman: The View from Outside149
Ch. 8Frederic Church's Late Career: The Landscape of History168
Epilogue208
Notes219
Select Bibliography: Primary Sources245
Select Bibliography: Secondary Sources249
Index257

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