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Art and Architecture

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.003.0004
Art and Architecture

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Since Kentucky has such natural beautiful scenery, landscape art was not in high demand. Instead, before the invention of the camera, many Kentuckians spent their time painting portraits, miniatures, or silhouettes. Instead of traveling to urban centers where more well-known artists painted, most Kentuckians selected a local artist to paint their likenesses. In addition to portraits, artists painted houses and livestock. Also, with the first college and library west of the Alleghenies, as well as an amateur theater established by 1808, Lexington was the center of the arts community for the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Furniture-making and architecture were other important forms of artistic expression as individuals were just learning to study architecture theory and learning various techniques. Shortly after their emergence, professional architects were in high demand.

Keywords: Matthew Harris Jouett; Audubon; architecture; portrait; art; theater

Chapter.  9576 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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