Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy


Edited by Barbara Dayer Gallati with contributions by Linda S. Ferber, Ella M. Foshay, and Kimberly Orcutt

"Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy is a landmark publication focusing on American art from 1825-1870.  The beautifully illustrated volume reassesses narrative painting an what defined artistic "taste" during this period.  The book features fifty-five works by thirty-eight artists drawn from the New-York Historical Society's newly restored and superb collection of narrative art, much of which will be new to viewers.  Narrative themes in nineteenth-century American art went beyond the rural and the domestic to include a broad range of historical, literay, and religious subject matter, all of them richly represented here." 

This catalog accompanies Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art now on display until June 19th, 2016 in the cantilever gallery. 

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