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Title :

Washington Allston, secret societies, and the alchemy of Anglo-American painting

Author :
BJELAJAC, David ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Considers the paintings of Allston in context of Freemasonry and vitalistic theories of chemical optics. Contemporaries interpreted the painter's transmutation of pigments into light as an alchemical process that resulted in spiritual gold. Allston himself worked within a Masonic culture of middle-class moral striving and aristocratic self-refinement, ever striving to attain a spiritual alchemy of the self that transcended base materialism. Through his paintings, he sought to facilitate the westward progress of the arts and letters to millennial fulfillment in America. Confronting antitheatrical, Antimasonic criticism, Allston's alchemical paintings of angels and angelic beings also represent chemical theories of colour and optics that analogously signify the triunity of God's universe and political economy. ;
Pagination/Size :
239 ; x, 239 p.; 35 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Alchimie ; Allston, Washington, 1779-1843 ; Etats-Unis ; Franc-maçonnerie ; Optique ; Peinture ; 1700-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Alchemy ; Allston, Washington, 1779-1843 ; Freemasonry ; Optics ; Painting ; United States ; 1700-1900 ;
Document type :
Ouvrage ;
INIST identifier :
24995651 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0521431530 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Cambridge; New York; Melbourne; Cambridge University Press
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ; UNITED STATES ; AUSTRALIA ;