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Citizenship by design: Art and identity in the Early Republic


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation offers a study of the ways in which some artists active in the United States between 1790 and 1850 theorized that their work could participate in the process of creating and shaping the nation's citizens. Through the detailed analysis of four artists—Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Thomas Cole (1801-1848), and Horatio Greenough (1805-1852)—this project explores a process of citizenship by design theorized by these artists, a process which grew out of their belief that the physical environment could directly shape the character of its inhabitants. Buildings, landscapes, paintings, and sculptures were, for these artists, the means by which the moral and social precepts of democracy could be communicated most effectively to the public. Building on a long tradition of European aesthetic theory, these artists believed that through the process of perception such material objects could influence the mind and character of viewers. In short, I argue that by creating paintings, sculptures, landscapes and buildings, these artists believed that they were also crafting citizens.

Indexing (details)


Subject
American history;
Art history;
Landscape architecture;
Architecture
Classification
0337: American history
0377: Art history
0390: Landscape architecture
0729: Architecture
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences, Aesthetic theory, Art, Citizenship, Cole, Thomas, Greenough, Horatio, Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, Peale, Charles Willson
Title
Citizenship by design: Art and identity in the Early Republic
Author
Sienkewicz, Julia A.
Number of pages
520
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0090
Source
DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109580082
Advisor
Kruty, Paul S.
University/institution
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3392475
ProQuest document ID
304894478
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304894478
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