Art inspires, and sometimes what it inspires is other art. When composer Nell Shaw Cohen first saw Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire at the New-York Historical Society, she was inspired to write a piece that represented the story seen in Cole’s series. One of the defining works of the Hudson River School of painting, The Course of Empire depicts the growth of a fictional civilization, from birth to power to ultimate demise. We spoke to...Read More
This week, we had the rare and exceptional honor of welcoming the 1217 Hereford Magna Carta to the New-York Historical Society! It is now on view—for one week only—through September 30 alongside watershed documents from America’s founding era. Although the “Great Charter” was written centuries before the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the former undoubtedly influenced the latter.
American patriot leaders drew from a variety of sources when crafting the revolutionary writ and the...Read More
Written by Kelly Morgan
In this final installment of the propaganda posters series, we’ll be examining the mobilization of the home front through Liberty loan drives and through manufacturing by appealing to the labor force, immigrant groups, and citizens unable to serve in the military or Red Cross. All posters discussed in this post are part of the collections of the New-York Historical Society.
With the goal of raising money for the war effort, artists illustrated posters...Read More
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