America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900

Roman Campagna, 1858, by George Inness. New Britain Museum of American Art.
Interior of the Colosseum, Rome, 1832, by Thomas Cole. Albany Institute of History and Art.

Fenimore Art Museum presents the first major exhibition on the topic of American artists’ depictions of 19th century Rome. It brings together the most influential artists of the period, placing them within the timeless backdrop of the Eternal City and its ancient surroundings.  View over 100 works by celebrated artists including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Thomas Hicks, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Kensett and others.

The exhibition “America’s Rome” was inspired by the landmark 1989 two-volume book of the same title by William L. Vance and the groundbreaking research conducted by Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. over the past 20 years. The catalogue includes an essay by William L. Vance summarizing the main ideas of his book; an essay entitled “‘This Market of Physiognomy’: American Artists and Rome’s Art Academies, Life Schools, and Models, 1825-1870” by Mary K. McGuigan; and “American Open-Air Landscape Painting in Rome, 1825-1885” by John F. McGuigan Jr.

New York Times article   (August 14, 2009)

Wall Street Journal article (July 17, 2009)

The America’s Rome Catalogue is 124 pages with 144 color illustrations. It is available at the Fenimore Art Museum Shop and our online store.