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Senate Catalogue of Fine Art

By Skvarla, Diane K.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000086371
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Senate Catalogue of Fine Art  
Author: Skvarla, Diane K.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Economic & political studies
Collections: Government Library Collection, Government Printing Office
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpt: To the surprise of many visitors, the interior of the United States Capitol abounds in magnificent art that rivals its exterior architectural splendor. The fine art held by the U.S. Senate comprises much of this treasured heritage. It spans over 200 years of history and contains works by such celebrated artists as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Hiram Powers, Daniel Chester French, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Walker Hancock, and Alexander Calder. The United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art represents the first comprehensive effort to illustrate and interpret this rich trove of paintings and sculptures. For the benefit of serious art historians and art enthusiasts in general, this volume provides previously unpublished information on the 160 paintings and sculptures in the U.S. Senate. Each work of art-from portraiture of prominent senators to scenes depicting significant events in U.S. history-is illustrated with a full-page color photograph, accompanied by an essay and secondary images that place the work in historical and aesthetic context. The Senate’s art continues to grow and evolve. Its most recent acquisitions are documented here for the first time. Also featured in this catalogue is the Senate’s oldest continuing art collection, the Vice Presidential Bust Collection, which honors those individuals who have served as president of the Senate. In his introductory essay, art historian and principal author William Kloss provides a comparative perspective on the collection as he discusses the highlights of the Senate’s art. Compiled by Senate Curator Diane K. Skvarla, this publication is the definitive new resource on the fine art in the United States Senate.

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