These sound like “conversations” we’d love to eavesdrop on...
“Conversations with the Collection: A Terra Foundation Collection Handbook,” is now available through #universityofchicagopress and online. In addition to full-color reproductions, contextualizing thematic essays, and interpretive texts for individual collection objects, our handbook also contains short “perspective” essays by more than 30 international scholars, who introduce unique cultural viewpoints. For example, Valéria Piccoli, Chief Curator at the @PinacotecaSP, in Brazil, authored an essay drawing parallels between the portrayal of human-induced environmental degradation in Sanford Robinson Gifford’s “Hunter Mountain, Twilight” (1866), from the Terra Foundation collection, and French-Brazilian painter Félix-Émile Taunay’s “View of a Native Forest Being Reduced to Coal” (c. 1840). According to Piccoli, “The way in which the ‘march of progress’ across the Americas transformed the landscape was often overlooked in the nineteenth century, and painting of the time generally represented a world of harmony free from conflict. The works of Gifford and Taunay nevertheless attest to the danger some artists saw in that footfall.” Follow our bio link to learn more about Gifford’s painting and explore the entire digital companion.
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