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Artistic Responses to Travel in the Western Tradition

1st Edition

Edited by Sarah J. Lippert


258 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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In an era when ease of travel is greater than ever, it is also easy to overlook the degree to which voyages of the body – and mind – have generated an outpouring of artistry and creativity throughout the ages. Exploration of new lands and sensations is a fundamental human experience. This volume in turn provides a stimulating and adventurous exploration of the theme of travel from an art-historical perspective. Topical regions are covered ranging from the Grand Tour and colonialism to the travels of Hadrian in ancient times and Georgia O’Keeffe’s journey to the Andes; from Vasari’s Neoplatonic voyages to photographing nineteenth-century Japan. The scholars assembled consider both imaginary travel, as well as factual or embellished documentation of voyages. The essays are far-reaching spatially and temporally, but all relate to how art has documented the theme of travel in varying media across time and as illustrated and described by writers, artists, and illustrators. The scope of this volume is far-reaching both chronologically and conceptually, thereby appropriately documenting the universality of the theme to human experience.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I: Travel of Great Import: Culture, Class, and Politics; Chapter 1 by Monica Anke Hahn: "Images of Novelties:" The Adorned Body in John Webber’s A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing ;Chapter 2 by Alice Walkiewicz: The Humor of Circumstance: Caricature and the Foreign Tour of the British Middle Class; Chapter 3 by Chad Airhart: Tours of the Charleston Renaissance and the Visual Construction of Southern Charm: A Comparison of Local versus Visiting Artists; Part II: Travel on a Smaller Scale: Voyages in the Familiar; Chapter 4 by Elsie Heung: Elevated in the City: Ashcan Realism and the Visualization of the "El" Train in New York City, 190030; Chapter 5 by Anna Piperato: The Palio of Siena: A Journey through Time; Chapter 6 by Stephen Cartwright: Quantified Drift; Part III: Imaginary Travel and Travel of the Mind; Chapter 7 by Gerald Hess: Itinerant Hadrian and Imperial Patronage Belonging to all the World; Chapter 8 by Liana De Girolami Cheney: Giorgio Vasari's Planetary Ceiling: A Neoplatonic Voyage; Chapter 9 Going back to the Beginning of Things: The Ancient Origins of the Arts of France; Part IV: Trail Blazers: Travel for the Brave; Chapter 10 Zaida BenYusuf Chapter 11 Beyond the European Grand Tour: The Travels and Related Writings of Marguerite Thompson Zorach; Chapter 12 Women in High Places: Georgia O’Keeffe; Conclusion

About the Editor

Sarah J. Lippert is Associate Professor of Art History, University of Michigan-Flint, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Subjects & Themes / General
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
TRAVEL / General
TRAVEL / Asia / General
TRAVEL / Europe / General
TRAVEL / United States / General