- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691089507
- ISBN-13: 978-0691089508
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,122,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion at the Boston Public Library.
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Sometimes you can't win for losing in the art world. John Singer Sargent contributed immensely to the technique of portraiture, yet his portraits have been criticized for their lack of psychological insight. Likewise, he devoted his final 30 years to enhancing Boston's civic arena through a mural series at the Boston Public Library, the Boston Museum of Art, and Harvard. At the time, critics called these murals mere decoration at best. Here, Promey (art and archaeology, Univ. of Maryland) focuses on the public library murals, placing the work in its historical context. Sargent, she argues convincingly, hoped to create a ritualized, democratic intellectual space. But given the cultural climate, his choice of a religious allegory for the mural was a grave mistake. The book's only shortcoming lies in its visual reproductions: illustrations are small, black-and-white, and hard to "read." With the murals scheduled for renovation and several Sargent exhibitions just ending, readers are likely to show some interest in this title. Recommended for larger public libraries and libraries specializing in art history.ANadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, Ohio
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Winner of the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Historical Studies, American Academy of Religion
"A fascinating new book."--The New York Times
"Painting Religion in Public is a tightly framed study, a model of scholarly argumentation leavened with methodological self-consciousness . . . , [It] offers a powerful example of the impact that the study of visual culture can make as an important contribution to many disciplines as fine art and other forms of visual imagery are woven back into the fabric of social, cultural, political, and religious life."--Daniel A. Siedell, Church History
"A dense and dazzling must-read."--Christine Temin, Boston Globe
"It is most refreshing to have Sargent's mural projects taken seriously at last, and Promey must be congratulated on producing a richly researched, book-length study addressed to one of them."--Mary Crawford Volk, Burlington Magazine
"Nearly thirty years in the making, John Singer Sargent's murals for the Special Collections Hall in the Boston Public Library are a paragon of the so-called American Renaissance. Sally M. Promey's engrossing book lays out the whole imbroglio [and] the relationship of the pictures to their architectural setting."--Keith Miller, Times Literary Supplement
"By addressing the importance of the visual, Promey's book makes a valuable contribution to an aspect of religion that is often neglected. Promey's integration of American history, art history, religious history, and ritual studies, combined with her meticulous archival research, will help scholars in several disciplines understand the complex cultural currents underlying Sargent's mural project."--Paula Kane, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
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