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Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteent John Davis

Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteent

John Davis

Published January 26th 1998
ISBN : 9780691058450
Paperback
292 pages
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This book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape vistas that reflected, in their eyes, aMoreThis book tells of the nineteenth-century American painters who, along with photographers, archaeologists, writers, evangelists, and tourists, flocked to the biblical Holy Land, a world of striking landscape vistas that reflected, in their eyes, a powerful image of the United States. Here they saw a metaphor for their country: a New World promised land, a divinely favored Protestant nation created by and for a modern chosen people. Taking these biblical associations as a starting point, John Davis examines the ways in which nineteenth-century Americans looked to the actual landscape of the Holy Land as an extension of their national identity. The Landscape of Belief is carefully researched, tightly organized, powerfully argued, beautifully written, and theoretically rich. Davis has added enormously to our understanding of 19th-century American religious and political culture as well as 19th-century American landscape painting and photography in a study that elegantly balances the demands of the object with those of its context.--Gail E. Husch, Art BulletinJohn Davis has produced an outstanding contribution to this expanding field of study. His book, The Landscape of Belief, is a wonder-filled treatment of nineteenth-century art and culture in regard to the American fascination with the Middle East.--Paul Gutjahr, Winterthur Portfolio