Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's

Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library

by Sally M. Promey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691089507

ISBN-13: 9780691089508

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

A brilliant painter of society portraits, John Singer Sargent also devoted many years at the height of his career to a project of an entirely different order: an ambitious, multimedia decoration titled Triumph of Religion (1890-1919) for the Boston Public Library. The library cycle Sargent imagined as his most important work, however, would ultimately remain…  See more details below

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A brilliant painter of society portraits, John Singer Sargent also devoted many years at the height of his career to a project of an entirely different order: an ambitious, multimedia decoration titled Triumph of Religion (1890-1919) for the Boston Public Library. The library cycle Sargent imagined as his most important work, however, would ultimately remain unfinished, quietly abandoned in the face of religious opposition, one critical painting short of completion. Truncation dramatically altered possible readings of Triumph, redirecting its narrative energies and generating new meanings in tension with the idea Sargent had proposed. In Painting Religion in Public, Sally Promey tells the story of an artist of international stature and the complex and consuming pictorial program he pursued in Boston. Highly celebrated in its day, with individual panels retaining immense popularity even in the years of discord, this artistic project and its constituent images tell us much about broad cultural and political exchanges concerning the public representation of religious content in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691089508
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
8.47(w) x 10.85(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Painting Religion in Public2
Ch. 1The Subjectivity of Modern Religion10
Ch. 2Ritual Performances62
Ch. 3Cultural Selections104
Ch. 4Education for Democracy144
Ch. 5The Synagogue Controversy174
Ch. 6Synagogue, Church, and the Self Concealed226
Ch. 7The Many Publics of Sargent's Prophets272
Epilogue: Representing Religious Pluralism in Public306
Abbreviations317
Notes318
Selected Bibliography349
Index356

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