Shaping the Body Politic: Art and Political Formation in Early America (review)

  title={Shaping the Body Politic: Art and Political Formation in Early America (review)},
  author={Megan Walsh},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={512 - 515}
  • M. Walsh
  • Published 13 August 2012
  • History
  • Journal of the Early Republic
Traditional narratives imply that art in early America was severely limited in scope. By contrast, these essays collectively argue that visual arts played a critical role in shaping an early American understanding of the body politic. American artists in the late colonial and early national periods enlisted the arts to explore and exploit their visions of the relationship of the American colonies to the mother country and, later, to give material shape to the ideals of modern republican… 
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