Religion, Art, and Money
Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression
By Peter W. Williams
296 pp., 6.14 x 9.21, 24 halftones, notes, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2697-0
Published: May 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2698-7
Published: February 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5471-3
Published: August 2019
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Williams traces how the church helped transmit a European-inflected artistic patronage that was adapted to the American scene by clergy and laity intent upon providing moral and aesthetic leadership for a society in flux. Episcopalian influence is most visible today in the churches, cathedrals, and elite boarding schools that stand in many cities and other locations, but Episcopalians also provided major support to the formation of stellar art collections, the performing arts, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Williams argues that Episcopalians thus helped smooth the way for acceptance of materiality in religious culture in a previously iconoclastic, Puritan-influenced society.
About the Author
Peter W. Williams, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion and American Studies at Miami University, is the author or coeditor of several books, including The Encyclopedia of Religion in America.
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