Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2014

200 Pages | 150 Color Illustrations

9 1/2 x 13 inches

ISBN: 9780943651453

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The Peacock and Beauty in Art

Edited by Bartholomew F. Bland and Laura L. Vookles

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • Strut: The Peacock in Art explores our fascination with the most glamorous of birds. The peacock, strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green plumage, symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting, sculpture, in books, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself.
  • The book employs paintings, graphics, sculpture, and decorative arts to trace artists' fascination with these majestic birds. This unique exhibition and book will be the first major scholarly examination of the peacock in the visual arts in the United States, England and France, from the nineteenth-century's Gilded Age to today.
  • Remarkably, the peacock has never had a serious dedicated book or exhibition. Highly illustrated with strong visuals, Strut will finally give the peacock it's due.
  • The HRM has assembled paintings and decorative arts from museums and private collections throughout the United States. Confirmed lenders include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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