Washington Allston, Secret Societies, and the Alchemy of Anglo-American Painting. David BJELAJAC.

Washington Allston, Secret Societies, and the Alchemy of Anglo-American Painting.

Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. Small quarto. xii + 240pp. Blue cloth lettered in silver on spine. B/w illustrations. From the publisher: "Washington Allston was one of the pre-eminent American painters of the early nineteenth century. Attuned as he was to the occult mysteries of Freemasonry and vitalistic theories of chemical optics, contemporaries interpreted the painter's transformation of pigments into light as an alchemical process that resulted in spiritual gold. ... Confronting anti-theatrical, anti-Masonic criticism, Allston's alchemical paintings of angels and angelic beings also represent chemical theories of colour and optics." An unusual work that - through Allston - also explores the largely unacknowledge importance of Freemasonry in the development of English and American art. Bibliography & index. A sharp, clean near-Fine copy in near-Fine dust jacket. Item #14594
ISBN: 0521431530

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