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This is the definitive study of one of America's major artists and inventors, Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872). It covers his prodigious achievements in painting and technology, his passionate cultural ambitions, and his key role in the historic development of American art. The book imaginatively combines intellectual biography with interpretation of more than one hundred pictures. Three chapters consider Morse's most extraordinary artistic achievements: The House of Representatives, The Gallery of the Louvre, and The National Academy of Design. In a final chapter on the electromagnetic telegraph, an invention that imprinted his name on our language, there is a special discussion of the conceptual relationship between artistic and mechanical inventions.
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"...a well-studied and successful book on Samuel F.B. Morse's important paintings, with careful writing on his relationships and activities...The book should be much used and influential." ISISSee more reviews
"By far the best single book on Morse as an artist and 19th-century figure." T.J. McCormick, Wheaton College (MA), in Choice
"By placing Morse in an artistic, social, and political context, Staiti has given us a clearer picture of the man than we have heretofore had...Staiti's book is an important addition to American art scholarship." David Meschutt, Winterthur Portfolio
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- Date Published: January 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107403369
- length: 338 pages
- dimensions: 279 x 210 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.76kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
3. House of Representatives
4. New York
5. National Academy of Design
6. Gallery of the Louvre
Appendix I. Key to Morse's picture of the House of Representatives
Appendix II. Descriptive catalogue of the pictures, thirty-seven in number, from the most celebrated masters, copies into the Gallery of the Louvre
Checklist of paintings and sculpture
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