By George M. Cohen
The saga of yankee paintings has a proud historical past and a promising destiny. finally, the United States has been, during the centuries, a huge melting pot and assimilator of outdoor creative types, innovations, and philosophies. even though Americas paintings historical past is comparatively new, it has so elderly, matured, and ripened right into a famous culture that now the area turns to it for path, function, and that means.
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It showed rich Georgian ornamentation and tastecarving in the Adamesque spirit. Mclntire's Classic interior designs reached their height in the parlor of the Gardner-Pingree House (ca, 1800), Salem, Massachusetts, and in the dining room of the Oak HiU (ca. 1800), Pea- ful body, Massachusetts (now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Following the Adam-Bulfinch style, Mclntire worked on other projects such as a church in Salem, Massachusetts (now destroyed) and the Unitarian Church (ca. 1800), Newburyport, Massachusetts, whose steeple combined the Gibbs.
Thus, in 1759, he went to Italy where he stayed three years (most of which were passed in Rome) and then, on June 20, 1763, settled, for the rest of his life, in London. There West established the first American art school abroad. His popularity grew among his British peers; in 1772 he became chief historical painter to King George III. It was even said that his virtuous and moral subiects based on antiquity made him an idol of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The solemn theme of Agrippina Landing at Brindisium THE COLONIAL GEORGIAN PERIOD 25 with the Ashes of Germanicus (1768) was a canvas in the Neoclassic tradition.
Still another son, Rembrandt (1778-1860), his father's style. In 1812, Rembrandt gave up painting and moved to Baltimore where he established a museum and started an illumination gas works business. But by 1820 he had begun to paint again. The huge canvas Peale. His brother THE FEDERAL PERIOD 39 The Court of Death (1820) was a tour de force in its moralby a poem written by the English izing theme, inspired clergyman Bishop Porteus. The scene is a dark grotto. The figure of Death is enthroned and places his feet on a young man.