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.