Essays

Sculptors of the American Renaissance

by James F. Cooper

It was a golden age in American history, sometimes referred to as the “Gilded Age,” an age that witnessed a great industrial and scientific leap forward. At the same time, there was a vigorous cultural flowering in architecture, arts, crafts and industrial design. This relatively short span of fifty years, between the end of... More »

Bernini

by James F. Cooper

The city of Rome has been sacked several times during the last 2,000 years, most notably in the sixth century, by the Ostrogoths, who depopulated the city and burned it to the ground. It was occupied by foreign armies too numerous to count—the last being the Germans and Americans during World War II—but each time rose from the ashes,... More »

In the Light of the Past

by Gail Leggio

In the first volume of America’s Rome, a magisterial overview of the Eternal City’s sway over New World imaginations, William Vance writes: “The function of a museum of art, not as a school for the artist but as a special place set apart for the experience and worship of Beauty by the ordinary man or woman, is... More »

The Greek Art of Death

by Frederick Turner

The plain of Marathon is famously twenty-six miles from Athens (famously because of Pheidippides, the runner who began the first marathon there). In this place between Mount Pentelikon, where pentelic marble comes from, and the Aegean Sea, the traveler may find a remarkable sequence of ancient remains. Together they constitute a sort... More »

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