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West Rock and East Rock are bold and beautiful features around New Haven, Connecticut. They resemble monumental gateways (or time-tried sentinels) and represent a moment in geologic time when the North American and African continents began to separate and volcanism affected much of Connecticut. The rocks attracted the attention of poets, painters, and naturalists when beliefs rose about the spiritual dimensions of nature in the early 19th century. More than two dozen artists, including Frederick Church, George Durrie, and John Weir, captured their magic and produced an assortment of classic American landscapes. In the same period, the science of geology evolved rapidly, triggered by the controversy between proponents and opponents of biblical explanations for the origin of rocks. Lavishly illustrated, featuring over sixty paintings and prints, this book is a perfect introduction to understanding the relationship of geology and art. It will delight those who appreciate landscape painting, and anyone who has seen the grandeur of East and West Rock.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Landscape Painting in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 9-23
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  1. Nineteenth-Century Views of New Haven and Its Sentinels
  2. pp. 24-27
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  1. Gallery One, Views of New Haven from the Rocks
  2. pp. 28-44
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  1. 2. Topography and Geology of the New Haven Area
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. 3. Silliman’s Conundrum: The Role of Basalt in the Geological Controversy between Neptunists and Plutonists
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. 4. Tectonic Setting of New Haven’s Rocks
  2. pp. 61-75
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  1. Gallery Two, West Rock Paintings
  2. pp. 76-91
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  1. East Rock
  2. pp. 92-95
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  1. Gallery Three, East Rock Paintings
  2. pp. 96-111
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  1. Pine Rock and Mill Rock
  2. pp. 112-116
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  1. 5. The Judges Cave on West Rock
  2. pp. 117-121
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  1. Gallery Four, Judges Cave Paintings
  2. pp. 122-128
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  1. 6. Thomas Cole’s Landmark in His Course of Empire Paintings
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. Appendix One: Minerals and Metals Associated with Connecticut Basalts
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. Appendix Two: Further Notes on the Artists and Their Art
  2. pp. 140-144
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 145-149
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  1. Webliography
  2. pp. 150-151
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  1. Geologic Glossary
  2. pp. 152-154
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 155-156
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819573759
Print ISBN
9780819573742
MARC Record
OCLC
854977778
Pages
180
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
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