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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.
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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.
Above: Frederic Edwin Church’s El Rio de Luz (The River of Light) 1877