Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters' Eyes

By: Staiti, Paul

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First edition. Crease on front jacket flap, remainder mark on page base. 2016 Hard Cover. 389 pp. Includes section of color reproductions of 24 paintings and one photograph of the United States Capitol Rotunda, and black-and-white photographs throughout text. A vibrant and original perspective on the American Revolution through the stories of the five great artists whose paintings animated the new American republic. The images accompanying the founding of the United States--of honored Founders, dramatic battle scenes, and seminal moments--gave visual shape to Revolutionary events and symbolized an entirely new concept of leadership and government. Since then they have endured as indispensable icons, serving as historical documents and timeless reminders of the nation's unprecedented beginnings. As Paul Staiti reveals in Of Arms and Artists, the lives of the five great American artists of the Revolutionary period--Charles Willson Peale, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart--were every bit as eventful as those of the Founders with whom they continually interacted, and their works contributed mightily to America's founding spirit. Living in a time of breathtaking change, each in his own way came to grips with the history being made by turning to brushes and canvases, the results often eliciting awe and praise, and sometimes scorn. Ever since the passing of the last eyewitnesses to the Revolution, their imagery has connected Americans to 1776, allowing us to interpret and reinterpret the nation's beginning generation after generation. The collective stories of these five artists open a fresh window on the Revolutionary era, making more human the figures we have long honored as our Founders, and deepening our understanding of the whirlwind out of which the United States emerged.

Title: Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters' Eyes

Author: Staiti, Paul

Categories: Revolutionary Era through 1800, Fine Art & Artists, Art History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Bloomsbury Press: 2016

ISBN Number: 1632864657

ISBN Number 13: 9781632864659

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2303932

Keywords: AMERICAN HISTORY AMERICAN REVOLUTION ART ARTISTS PAINTERS REVOLUTIONARY ERA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,