This book explores the ways that public monuments symbolize and convey moral values. It analyzes the roles that monuments have always played and the influence they continue to exert on societies around the world. The book also explores the origins and nature of humanity in light of the monuments.
Part I 1. Introduction 2. Do You Know a Monument to Modesty or Mirth? 3. Arch, Column, Equestrian Statue: Three Persistent Forms of Public Monument 4. Monument: The Word 5. The Evolution of Humanness 6. The Psychology of Public Monuments 7. Public Monuments 8. The Value of Public Monuments 9. A Bill of Rights for Works of Art 10. Venice: Time and Conservation 11. Monuments in New Countries 12. Brookgreen Gardens: Monument to American Sculpture 13. Bees on the Tomb of Urban VIII Part II 14. Statues of the Tsars and the Redefinition of Russia's Past 15. Monument to Russian Martyrs under Stalinism 16. Monumental Revisions of History in Twentieth-Century Germany 17. Eternal Celebrations in American Memorials 18. Evergreen Cemetery and Its Memorials 19. Raphell, Paradigm of Celebration 20. Co-Existence? Modernism and the Figure 21. The "Lone Sailor" and the "Homecoming" 22. Cathedra