Alcatraz: History and Design of an Icon by Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald

By Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald

Shrouded in secret and wealthy with historical past, Alcatraz attracts over 1000000 viewers every year. This enlightening quantity offers the 1st entire background of Alcatraz advised via its structure. In pleasant illustrations and obtainable textual content, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel display the layout judgements that experience formed the island from its first brick and masonry castle to the notorious concrete cellblock, to the panorama layout of its modern gardens and fowl sanctuaries. filled with fascinating proof all through, this little treasure permits an unheard of glimpse into the lifetime of the island.

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Goethe and Schiller, Foscolo and Manzoni, Lamartine and Chateaubriand, not to forget Walter Scott, harked back to events and heroes (mythical or real) from the national history in order to respond to the age in which they lived. Similar strategies appeared in visual culture. Thematically, artists privileged themes with a national appeal: heroes, battles, towns, and so on. Stylistically, they were in constant pursuit of an iconography that embodied the nation’s endowments. 71 The discourse on great men prior to the French Revolution In 1637, coinciding with massive popular unrest following the introduction of a new tax (the ‘taille’), Cardinal Richelieu commissioned for the Galerie Cardinal (now Palais Royal) a series of portraits of illustrious French men and women.

Three centuries later, wax was used to model other persons as well. During the 1770s, Philippe Curtius and Marie Grosholz (the future Madame Tussaud) designed two shows – one covering royalty and aristocracy, the other being described as the ‘Cave of the Great Thieves’ – that, following the outbreak of the French Revolution, was substituted by death masks of guillotined personalities. Mme Tussaud’s wax busts remained a pseudo-pantheon, however; even if it celebrated famous men, inclusions were based neither on merit nor on virtue.

Similar strategies appeared in visual culture. Thematically, artists privileged themes with a national appeal: heroes, battles, towns, and so on. Stylistically, they were in constant pursuit of an iconography that embodied the nation’s endowments. 71 The discourse on great men prior to the French Revolution In 1637, coinciding with massive popular unrest following the introduction of a new tax (the ‘taille’), Cardinal Richelieu commissioned for the Galerie Cardinal (now Palais Royal) a series of portraits of illustrious French men and women.

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