A Caravaggio Rediscovered The Lute Player by Keith Christiansen

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In addition, and toward the use of folk-art motifs These were imported to America illustrations of architecture wood of the books containing en- libraries of 18th-century gentlemen frequently included several of these books. The library of William Bvrd of Westover, for example, contained ten books on architecture published before 1730, and by 1750 the well-known design books by Perrault, Gibbs, Langlev, Swan, Kent, Campbell, and Leoni were found in the colonies. These architectural and ornamental designs, based to a greater or lesser degree on classical art and emanating from the Palladian-Burlingtonian-Rococo-Georgian fountainheads of England and the Continent, were available to the carpenter-wood carver, with the result that a great change in aesthetic taste was effected during the course of the 18th century.

The "Plenty" now in the "Plenty" with her cornucopia was popular image and frequently decorated the tops of chests and secretaries. wooden image of her also stood on a pedestal behind George Washington he greeted the people of Boston in 1789 from trance of the Old State House, as may a a A when balcony erected over the en- be seen in an illustration published in the January 1790 issue of the Massachusetts Magazine. Stylistically the Peabody "Plenty" is quite similar in the folds of the skirt, the fullness of the arms, the — [14] — Artisan-Craftsmen Beginnings [ ] rendering of the facial features, the treatment of the shoes "Liberty" by the Skillins on the Badlam chest in the Garvan —to the figure of Garden Collection.

Figures like the "Plenty" were, therefore, simply enlargements of the little fig- ures that decorated the secretaries and chests. Another pair of garden the Massachusetts Historical Society the work of a man who was had been popular ancestry. When course, a native in "Gardener" and the "Country Maid" figures, the (Figs. 16), are Garden trained in Europe. in and lead figures in stone England since the 17th century and were probably of Dutch was introduced the idea wood, into was not for fine stone America, the medium was, of available for carving and the cast- ing of large-scale figures in metal was not attempted for another half century.

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