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Italy and the United States have enjoyed a fruitful cultural relationship, from Benjamin West’s first trip to Italy in 1760 to the more recent collaborations between Italian and American artists, critics, and gallerists in the post-World War II era. This anthology makes apparent the influential web of cultural connections that has existed between these two countries over the last three centuries. Showcasing transnational methodologies, the chapters in this book examine the significance of Italy to American art and visual culture, and outline the impact of the United States on Italian art and popular culture from the antebellum period in the United States through the Cold War years. Divided into two parts, the anthology’s thematic focus considers the ways in which several overlapping versions of republican ideology were manifested in the visual and literary cultures of the United States and Italy throughout the long nineteenth century (Part I), followed by an examination of the fascination with ‘empire’ that occurred in late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian and American art (Part II). The first section concentrates on the shared notions of republicanism and tyranny that animated American and Italian politics, and the ways in which both nations attempted to bind a community of diverse peoples together on the common values of liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness. The second addresses the various ways in which liberal tendencies gave way to imperial ambition, and how this transition was given visual and cultural form in both the United States and Italy.

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Republics and empires

Italian and American art in transnational perspective, 1840–1970


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