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Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide
     

Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide

by Dianne L. Durante
 

ISBN-10: 0814719864

ISBN-13: 9780814719862

Pub. Date: 02/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

Stop, look, and discover—the streets and parks of Manhattan are filled with beautiful historic monuments that will entertain, stimulate, and inspire you. Among the 54 monuments in this volume are major figures in American history: Washington, Lincoln, Lafayette, Horace Greeley, and Gertrude Stein; more obscure figures: Daniel Butterfield, J. Marion

Overview

Stop, look, and discover—the streets and parks of Manhattan are filled with beautiful historic monuments that will entertain, stimulate, and inspire you. Among the 54 monuments in this volume are major figures in American history: Washington, Lincoln, Lafayette, Horace Greeley, and Gertrude Stein; more obscure figures: Daniel Butterfield, J. Marion Sims, and King Jagiello; as well as the icons of New York: Atlas, Prometheus, and the Firemen's Memorial. The monuments represent the work of some of America's best sculptors: Augustus Saint Gaudens’ Farragut and Sherman, Daniel Chester French’s Four Continents, and Anna Hyatt Huntington’s José Martí and Joan of Arc.

Each monument, illustrated with black-and-white photographs, is located on a map of Manhattan and includes easy-to-follow directions. All the sculptures are considered both as historical mementos and as art. We learn of furious General Sherman court-martialing a civilian journalist, and also of exasperated Saint Gaudens’ proposing a hook-and-spring device for improving his assistants' artistic acuity as they help model Sherman. We discover how Lincoln dealt with a vociferous Confederate politician from Ohio, and why the Lincoln in Union Square doesn't rank as a top-notch Lincoln portrait. Sidebars reveal other aspects of the figure or event commemorated, using personal quotes, poems, excerpts from nineteenth-century periodicals (New York Times, Harper's Weekly), and writers ranging from Aeschylus, Washington Irving, and Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi to Mark Twain and Henryk Sienkiewicz.

As a historical account, Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide is a fascinating look at figures and events that changed New York, the United States and the world. As an aesthetic handbook it provides a compact method for studying sculpture, inspired by Ayn Rand’s writings on art. For residents and tourists, and historians and students, who want to spend more time viewing and appreciating sculpture and New York history, this is the start of a unique voyage of discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719862
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Manhattan
Introduction
South of Canal
Canal to Union Square North
17th Street to Central Park South
Central Park South to 110th Street
110th Street and North
Afterword
Appendix A: How to Read a Sculpture
§1 Questions for Looking at Sculpture
§2 Identifying the Theme of Joan of Arc (#44)
§3 Evaluating the Cid (#54)
§4 Questions Regarding the Theme and Evaluation of Butterfield (#52)
Appendix B: Statues in Chronological Order by Date of Dedication
Appendix C: Brief Biographies of Artists
Permissions
About the Author
Index

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