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Picturing Paradise in nineteenth Century
British and American Art: Past, Lost, Regained
Washington DC • February 2, 2016
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Picturing Paradise in 19th Century British and American Art
February 2, 2016
Co-sponsored by the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion
Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D. C.
Elderdice Hall/Kresge Academic Bldg.
4500 Massachusetts Avenue
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This symposium examines the persistent and varied theme of paradise in 19th century American and British art. During a period of increasing industrialization and urbanization in the 19th century, territorial expansion and colonization, foliated and landscape imagery found particular resonance as a means of drawing on a past and/or projecting a future paradise to address present concerns as various societies, groups, and individuals pursued explorations of spiritual and social perfection. Building on scholarship on artists like William Blake, John Martin, and the Hudson River School who promote conceptions of “paradise” in their art, the papers expand the scholarly terrain to include new topics that address perceptions and problematics in the idea of “paradise” prevalent in the 19th century.
University of Manchester / King’s College London
Re-viewing Blake’s “Paradise Regained”
Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History and Professor of American Studies Emeritus The College of William and Mary
The Politics of Paradise
Linda J. Docherty
Translating Dante: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Museum as Paradiso
Professor of Art History University of Dayton
Paradise Lost, Eden Remade, and Italy Brought Home as Substance, Sign, and Souvenir
Curator of the Berger Collection Denver Art Museum
Samuel Palmer, John Martin, and John Sell Cotman: Visions of Paradise in the Eye of the Beholder?
Assistant Professor of Art Shepherd University
Paradise City: The Representation of an Urban Heaven in the Art of John Martin
Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt
Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Covenant College
Found or Recovered: Competing Views of Paradise in Late Nineteenth Century Hawaiian Landscape Painting
Above: Frederic Edwin Church’s El Rio de Luz (The River of Light) 1877