April 27, 2016

General John Charles Frémont (1857) by Charles Loring Elliott

A traditional looking oil paint portrait of General John Charles Frémont (1857) by Charles Loring Elliott is included in the Brooklyn Museum's gallery for “A Nation Divided: The Civil War Era.” Frémont, an an...

April 26, 2016

The three portraits selected depict the lives of upper class white American women in different ways. Sometimes these depictions are more positive than others. Ralph Earl’s 1789 portrait of Clarissa Seymour (later Mrs. Truman Marsh) portrays a fashionable young woman wh...

April 25, 2016

The Industrial Revolution inspired Precisionism, the United States’ first homegrown art movement, which used a style inspired by different European art movements (Cubism, Futurism, Purism) to represent subjects found in the developing American landscape. Precisionists...

April 6, 2016

Why study Irish American history?

  • People of full or partial Irish descent comprise 10% of the US population (33 million). 3 million people identify having a Scotch-Irish background: they trace their ancestry to Lowland Scottish and Northern English people, who migra...

April 5, 2016

What is “the sublime” in religion?

  • The idea of a Supreme Being/God having the power to create everything, watch over it all, and possibly destroy it (via apocalypse) inspires the same feelings brought up by “the sublime:” awe, reverence, terror, wonder.

  • Accord...

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