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Measure of Perfection: Phrenology and the Fine Arts in America (Cultural Studies of the United States)

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Despite its widespread popularity in antebellum America, phrenology has rarely been taken seriously as a cultural phenomenon. Charles Colbert seeks to redress this neglect by demonstrating the important contributions the theory made to artistic developments in the period. He goes on to reveal the links between the tenets of phrenology and the cultural ideals of Jacksonian democracy. As Colbert demonstrates, virtually every important figure of the American Renaissance expressed some opinion of phrenology, whether or not they embraced it. Its proponents included many artists eager to support a cause that enhanced the status of their profession by endowing the human form with extraordinary significance. Colbert reviews the careers of Hiram Powers, William Sidney Mount, Harriet Hosmer, Asher B. Durand, and Thomas Cole, among others, in light of their responses to phrenology. Powers's Greek Slave, for example, can be seen as a model of the physical and moral perfection available to those who adopted the phrenological program, a series of dictates on everything from diet to mental and physical exercise. By creating portraits, genre scenes, ideal figures, and even landscapes that embodied the theory's teachings, Colbert shows, artists endeavored to enlist their audience in a crusade that would transform the nation.

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Synopsis:

Despite its widespread popularity in antebellum America, phrenology has rarely been taken seriously as a cultural phenomenon. Charles Colbert seeks to redress this neglect by demonstrating the important contributions the theory made to artistic developments in the period. He goes on to reveal the links between the tenets of phrenology and the cultural ideals of Jacksonian democracy.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-432) and index.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. A Plausible Rascality

Chapter 2. Know Thyself

Chapter 3. Tired of Looking at Small-Headed Venuses

Chapter 4. The Acorn and the Oak

Chapter 5. Faces

Chapter 6. The Index of Natural National Character

Chapter 7. Clear from Our Very Organization

Chapter 8. Increase and Multiply

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Illustrations 1 through 137

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846735
Author:
Colbert, Charles
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Arts
Subject:
Arts, American
Subject:
Phrenology
Subject:
United States Intellectual life 19th century.
Subject:
Arts, American -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
antebellum America; Jacksonian democracy; American Renaissance; artists; Hiram Powers; William Sydney Mount; Harriet Hosmer; Asher B. Durand; Thomas Cole; physical and moral perfection; Cultural Studies of the United States
Subject:
Antebellum America
Subject:
Jacksonian democracy
Subject:
American Renaissance
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Hiram Powers
Subject:
William Sydney Mount
Subject:
Harriet Hosmer
Subject:
Asher B. Durand
Subject:
Thomas Cole
Subject:
physical and moral perfection
Subject:
Cultural Studies of the United States
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States (Paperback)
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
10 x 6.8 in

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