Category Artwork

The Civil War and American Art

In this two-part discussion, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, leads us on a tour of Civil War art and artists. The description for Part One reads, “Smithsonian Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey revealed how the Civil War can be seen in seemingly unrelated works such as landscape paintings, and also examines the work […]

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

Here are two videos discussing the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in the National Gallery of Art. To me it should be the 54th Massachusetts Memorial. Anyway, the video’s description reads, “The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art was profiled. The memorial honors Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, […]

Sheridan’s Ride in Art, Literature & Memory

Here’s Professor Jonathan Noyalas lecturing on how Philip Sheridan’s ride from Winchester, VA to the Battle of Cedar Creek has been remembered and the factors leading to that memory. The video’s description reads, “On October 19, 1864, General Philip Sheridan’s timely arrival at the Cedar Creek battlefield helped turn a Union retreat into a resounding […]

Chicago Reviewing Monuments, Including Lincoln

The city of Chicago identified forty-one monuments it labels as “problematic,” including five monuments to Abraham Lincoln. As this article tells us, “Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Wednesday to confront the ‘hard truths of Chicago’s racial history’ — by launching a public process to review the fate of 41 statues, plaques and works of art, including […]

Commemorating Soldiers in the Press

Here’s a pretty good panel presentation on how the press in the Civil War depicted and commemorated soldiers through artwork, photography, stories, and obituaries. The video’s description reads, “Scholars discussed how the Civil War press commemorated soldiers in newspaper illustrations, obituaries, prisoner of war accounts and solicitations to fund monuments. This session was part of an annual […]

Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War

This is art historian Judy Scott Feldman talking about artistic interpretations of people and events of the American Revolution and the American Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Art historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil War. She talked about the influence of paintings, sculptures and memorials on how history is remembered. […]

Creating the Lincoln Memorial

Harold Holzer gave this presentation on building the Lincoln Memorial at the 2018 Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, PA. We learn from the video’s description, “The dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., took place in 1922, almost 60 years after Abraham Lincoln’s death. Harold Holzer talked about his book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, […]

Artist James Hope and the 1862 Battle of Antietam

Here’s Professor James Broomall of Shepherd University delivering a lecture on the artist James Hope and his paintings about the Battle of Antietam. Hope was an officer in the Vermont Brigade and fought at Antietam. This lecture comes from a class he taught in a course on the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. The […]

The Art of a Confederate Prisoner at Point Lookout

Jacob Omenhausser was a confederate soldier who was a prisoner at the Union POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, in 1864. A talented artist and observer, he left us color sketches to depict life as he saw it in that camp. This article talks about Omenhausser and his artwork. We find “The New-York Historical Society has […]

Abraham Lincoln in Art and Photographs

Here’s Professor Mark Pohlad of DePaul University, a professor of art history. He’s talking about how Lincoln was depicted in images, through art and photography. The video’s description reads, “DePaul University professor Mark Pohlad taught a class on representations of President Abraham Lincoln in art and photographs. He described how images of Lincoln might reach different audiences, such […]