Marble Palaces, Temples of Art: Art Museums, Architecture, and American Culture, 1890-1930
Place Published: Lewisburg, PA
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Date Published: 1998
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 48430
265pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] in black cloth. Rubbing, light wear, and a few short tears to jacket, small chip to jacket rear cover at top; front board lower corner badly bumped, else very light wear; interior is clean, tight, and bright.
From the jacket: "The era from 1890 to 1930 constituted a building boom for American art museums designed in a monumental, classical style; both the proliferation of the buildings and the ubiquity of the style seem to indicate an architectural as well as a sociocultural phenomenon. The present work is an attempt to place the American art museum building of this period into its historical milieu, and employs over one hundred illustrations and sociocultural analysis to explain the significance of both the institutions and the structures housing them to those who came into regular contact with them, including architects, patrons, journalists, and museum personnel."