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Facing the New World: Jewish Portraits in Colonial and Federal America.

Brilliant, Richard.

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ISBN 10: 3791318632 / ISBN 13: 9783791318639
Published by Prestel, Munich New York, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Quarto in dust jacket, xvi, 112 pp., b/w and color illustrations throughout, Chronology: Highlights of Early American Jewish History, 1585-1830, Map: Jeiwsh Communities in America at the Time of the Revolutionary War, Table: Estimated Jewish Population of the United States, 1654-1830, Genealogies: Levy-Franks Family; Etting/Gratz Families, Seected Bibliography: Early American Portraiture, Selected bibliography, Early American Jewish History, index of Portrait Subjects, index of Artists Foreword by Joan Rosenbaum, Acknowledgments by Kathryn Potts. Essays are "Portraits as Silent Claimants: Jewish Class Aspiraritions and Representational Strategies in Colonial and Federal America," Brilliant and "Portraits of a Community: The Image and Experience of Early American Jews," Ellen Smtih. Bookseller Inventory # 22360

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Title: Facing the New World: Jewish Portraits in ...

Publisher: Prestel, Munich New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Facing the New World features important paintings by distinguished American artists such as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Charles Willson Peale, John Wesley Jarvis, and Ralph Earl. There are portraits by unknown folk-artists and some comparative paintings of non-Jewish subjects, including a work by Joshua Johnson, an accomplished African-American painter active in the Baltimore area. The book also shows examples of early American drawings, silhouettes, decorative arts, and Jewish ritual objects. In a groundbreaking discussion, Richard Brilliant identifies the European models of representation that artists drew upon in their portraits of Jewish sitters, demonstrating how the self is portrayed by means of cultural roles and images, and how imagery and other modes of representation evolved over time. Ellen Smith explores the tension between Jewish self-representation is portraits and the social reality of early American Jewish life. She reads the portraits as social documents, forming part of the larger material world of early American. Smith captures the texture of everyday family life and the Jewish community's relationship with the larger society, documented by diaries, letters, business records, and domestics objects that have survived to this day.

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