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Heroic Vision: A Story of Revolutionary Art and Politics

Heroic Vision: A Story of Revolutionary Art and Politics

by Charles S. Olton

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Heroic Vision offers parallel and intertwined accounts of politics and fine art at the time of the American Revolution and national founding. Art stories illuminate the character, depth, and tenacity of revolutionary political ideals unleashed in the 1760s and 1770s, and then consolidated in the  1780s and 1790s; political change, in turn, suggests how and why art shifted from English vernaculars to mature New World foundations.

Professor Olton's narrative moves seamlessly between art and politics, allowing each to propel the other.

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BN ID: 2940158037948
Publisher: Publish Green
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Charles Olton earned his BA degree from Wesleyan University and his PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Artisans for Independence (Syracuse University Press) and numerous articles about Philadelphia during the American Revolution. He has served as Dean of the Faculty at Barnard College, Dean of Parsons School of Design, and President of the League of American Orchestras. 

Mr. Olton's new book, Heroic Vision, explores a unique and powerful relationship between fine artists and politicians that flourished between 1760 and 1800. It shaped, mirrored, and deepened the new nation's ideological foundations. By telling the story of America's national beginnings in commingled strands or art and political history, he offers readers new insights into the motive forces that shaped western civilization's first modern revolution.

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