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Edwin Lord Weeks: An American Artist in North Africa and South Asia
Artist, adventurer, travel writer and cultural commentator Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903) was one of America's most celebrated expatriate artists. From the 1870s through the 1890s the Boston native and Paris resident traveled throughout Spain, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Persia and India, venturing well beyond "the Orient" ...
The Chapel of the Madonna della Strada: A Case Study of Post-Tridentine Painting in Rome
Christian Motifs in Pacific Northwest Coast Native American Art
The purpose of this thesis is to examine Christian motifs in Pacific Northwest Coast Native American art from their first appearance in the 19th century and provide an analysis of these intercultural artworks. The works of art described in this thesis vary from art created for display, to ceremonial and religious, to art made ...
Hidden in Plain Sight: Northwest Impressionism, 1910-1935
Northwest Impressionist artists are among the forgotten figures in American art history. Responsible for bringing Modernism to Washington and Oregon, they dominated the art communities in Seattle and Portland from about 1910 to 1928, remaining influential until the mid 1930's. Six important artists who have not been studied ...
Nicolas Cordier's Il Moro: The African as "Christian Antiquity" in Early Modern Rome
Between 1607 and 1612 Scipione Borghese, the Cardinal Nephew of Pope Paul V, commissioned a polychrome sculpture of an African man from the artist Nicolas Cordier. On the surface, Cordier's <italic>Il Moro</italic> seems a purely exotic object and an anomaly within the Borghese collection. The context surrounding the sculpture's ...
A Dream of Etruria: The Sacro Bosco of Bomarzo and the Alternate Antiquity of Alto Lazio
Easily the most enigmatic landscape architectural project of the Italian Renaissance, the Sacro Bosco of Bomarzo, with its bizarre stone beasts and surreal tableaux, has often been discussed in terms of either its relation to period literature or the life of its patron, Vicino Orsini. Little scholarly attention, however, has ...
The True, New, Newer, Not-So-New, and Blue Woman Onstage in American Painting, 1880-1940
Much information concerning the trajectory of the New Woman in American society can be gathered by studying paintings of theatrical scenes centered on female performers in New York City from the years of the Victorian era through the decade of the Great Depression. This dissertation concentrates primarily on the work of male ...
Cézanne Becoming Cézanne: The Influence of Stendhal on the Painter's Theory and Practice after 1878
This thesis analyzes Cézanne's paintings from around the date 1878 and the impact of the text by Stendhal, L'Histoire de la Peinture en Italie, on Cézanne's theory and practice. Interpreting Cézanne's paintings from 1878 in light of this connection, offers a new understanding of the shift that occurred in Cézanne's oeuvre ...
Sanskrit Beyond Text: The Use of Bonji (Siddham) in Mandala and Other Imagery in Ancient and Medieval Japan
This thesis features selected examples of Japanese art from the Heian period to the Kamakura period that carry within their artistic representation the use of Sanskrit characters. As such, it is about the dissemination of Sanskrit characters in Japan and their deployment in visual culture--an area of Japanese art history that ...
Objects of Heaven and Earth: Thaumaturgy & Representation in Quattrocento Italy
In fifteenth-century Florence, the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata housed thousands of wax sculptures, all created in response to a single fresco located on the interior wall of the nave. This painting, known as the Madonna of the Annunciation, holds a position of honor as Florence's most famous thaumaturgic image, and ...