Striking Change: The Great Artistic Collaboration of Theodore Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Overview

In 1905 Roosevelt challenged the brilliant and famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens: The United States is the best nation on Earth, but its coins are atrociously hideous. Why can we not produce coinage as beautiful as that of the ancient Greeks?

Striking Change offers a fresh new look at the life of Saint-Gaudens-the man and the artist-and the remarkable partnership he forged with Theodore Roosevelt to reinvigorate the country's numismatic art. Author Michael Moran explores ...

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Overview

In 1905 Roosevelt challenged the brilliant and famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens: The United States is the best nation on Earth, but its coins are atrociously hideous. Why can we not produce coinage as beautiful as that of the ancient Greeks?

Striking Change offers a fresh new look at the life of Saint-Gaudens-the man and the artist-and the remarkable partnership he forged with Theodore Roosevelt to reinvigorate the country's numismatic art. Author Michael Moran explores Saint-Gaudens's coin designs in the context of his monumental sculptures and American culture of the time. Through first-person accounts, behind-the-scenes conversations, and explosive public drama, we come to know all of the larger-than-life personalities involved in this renaissance of fine art. Striking Change illuminates the politics, the genius, the struggles, and ultimately the triumph of an extraordinary American journey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780794823566
  • Publisher: Whitman Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     iv
Foreword   Henry J. Duffy     x
About the Author     xii
Acknowledgments and Dedication     xiii
Introduction   Q. David Bowers     xv
Prologue: "All Ye Need to Know"     1
A Most Unique Cast of Characters
New York City     13
Making Their Way     25
Gilder's Dream     43
A Mountain of Labor     53
"Fair Enough"
The World's Columbian Exposition     71
Ladies Rebuffed     87
Thacher's Gambit     101
Embarrassment Enough for All     113
Aftermath     137
On the National Stage
A Sherman Connection     151
In Search of an Angel     157
Edith     169
Homeless     177
The Confident Years     193
The "Pet Crime"
The Stage Is Set     215
A Medal for Edith     221
An Unwanted Headache     235
Engagement     255
An End of Sorts     277
Carry a Big Stick - Cast a Long Shadow
A Cameo in Gold     299
A Man for the Occasion     305
The Last Words     323
A Requiemfor Gus     331
The Legacy     339
Postscript
Striking Change     363
Resources
Endnotes     371
Bibliography     421
Index     427
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