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Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and ... and the University of North Carolina Press) Hardcover – Illustrated, February 1, 2011

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Bellion offers here a beautifully written, handsomely produced, and challenging analysis. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty." --Choice

Among the most significant book-length studies of early American art to appear in print during the past decade.--Common-Place

With its careful contextualization and detailed, historical analysis of the cultural forms of illusion, this book firmly locates its discussion of early national visuality within the cultural practices of everyday life and thus makes a substantial contribution to the empirical history of spectatorship in the United States.--American Historical Review

Admirable and groundbreaking . . . . Significant both for its extensive research into the culture of spectatorship in Philadelphia and for the ways in which it opens up further modes of inquiry for scholars interested in the Early National period.--Association of Historians of American Art"

Bellion is a skilled expositor of images, and each of her essays leaves us with a deeper understanding of works we might imagine were plumbed long ago.--Journal of American History


Citizen Spectator lifts a curtain to expose the aesthetic, economic, and political spaces--from museums to markets, the street to the statehouse--where Americans practiced a politics of visual discernment. Absorbing and arresting as an illusionistic painting, Bellion's book brilliantly reveals how new media challenged inherited ideologies and provides novel horizons and vanishing points for the history of American art, culture, and politics.--Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press; Illustrated edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 388 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0807833886
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0807833889
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.97 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
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