- American Renaissance
:"This article is all about the "American Renaissance" in architecture and the arts. For the use of the term in literature, see
American Renaissance (literature). For the white nationalist magazine, see American Renaissance (magazine)."
In the history of American architecture and the arts, the American Renaissance was the period "ca" 1876 - 1914 characterized by renewed national self-confidence and a feeling that the United States was the heir to Greek democracy, Roman law, and
Renaissance humanism. The American preoccupation with national identity (or nationalism) in this period was expressed by modernismand technologyas well as academic classicism. It expressed its self-confidence in new technologies, such as the wire cables of the Brooklyn Bridgein New York. It found its cultural outlets in both Prairie Schoolhouses and in Beaux-Arts architectureand sculpture, in the " City Beautiful" movement, and high-minded American interference in the internal affairs of other states. Americans felt that their civilization was uniquely the modern heir, and that it had come of age. Politically and economically, this era coincides with the Gilded Ageand the New Imperialism.
World's Columbian Expositionin Chicago, 1893 was a demonstration that impressed Henry Adams, who was of the mind that in the future people would talk about Hunt and Richardson, La Farge and St Gaudens, Burnham and McKim and Stanford Whitewhen their politicians and millionaires were quite forgotten. (" The Education of Henry Adams" [http://www.classicreader.com/Adams_Henry/Education_of_Henry_Adams/23.html] ).
In the dome of the reading room at the new
Library of Congress, Edwin Blashfield's murals were on the given theme, "The Progress of Civilization."
The exhibition "American Renaissance: 1876 - 1917" at the
Brooklyn Museum, 1979, encouraged the revival of interest in this movement.
Howard Mumford Jones, "The Renaissance and American origins," "Ideas in America" 1945.
*Richard Guy Wilson, "The great civilization", forward essay to "The American Renaissance 1876-1917". Exhibition catalogue, The Brooklyn Museum, 1979-80.
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