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By George M. Cohen

The saga of yank artwork has a proud history and a promising destiny. eventually, the United States has been, in the course of the centuries, a huge melting pot and assimilator of out of doors inventive kinds, strategies, and philosophies. even though Americas paintings history is comparatively new, it has so elderly, matured, and ripened right into a famous culture that now the realm turns to it for course, function, and which means.

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The solemn theme of Agrippina Landing at Brindisium THE COLONIAL GEORGIAN PERIOD 25 with the Ashes of Germanicus (1768) was a canvas in the Neoclassic tradition. Replete with Antique allusions, the "architecture" of the work was but a transference to canvas of Roman bas-reliefs. Perhaps the mortuary relief The Ara Pacts August! ) was used as an actual stylistic source. West's most stirring historical and controversial painting was The Death of General Wolfe {111 I). It appealed to the violent and "mad taste" of George III.

When he became President, he assigned Benjamin Latrobe to complete the building and assist him on another project, the University of Virginia (18171826), CharlottesviUe, Virgkiia. The university was erful edifice made A HISTORY OF AMERICAN ART 32 up of an assemblage of porticoed temples used to house classrooms and faculty. The buildings emulated the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, Rome. These "academic temples" were, in turn, connected by colonnaded pavilions in the tradition of the Baths of Diocletian, Rome, and the Theater of Marcellus, Rome.

However, Harrison substituted here a warm brick for Jones's heavy groundstory rustication. His interiors for King's Chapel (17491754), Boston, and the Touro Synagogue (1759-1763), materials, Newport, are worth mentionmg. King's Chapel interior of James Gibbs's Marylebone Chapel, two-story gallery hall is rational in scale and Paired Corinthian colunms support balconies. recalled the London. Its proportion. The ceiling reveals a massiveness reminiscent of Yorkshire masonry. On the other hand, the Touro Synagogue emulated Jones's two-story hall for Whitehall Palace, London.

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