In 1835, Thomas Crawford leaves America to study sculpture in Rome under the world's premier sculptor. His career takes him back and forth between the ancient Capitol of Rome and the new Capitol of America, Washington, D.C. Art and politics collide as his patrons in America struggle to have... read more
“"The darkness of allegory must give place to common sense. I have faith enough to believe that poetry and grandeur are inseparably connected with the history of our country's past and future and that the dignity of sculpture may well be devoted to the perpetuation of what people love and understand."”Thomas Crawford in his letter to Captain Meigs September, 1853
“"Thus sir, speaking for Freedom in Kansas, I have spoken for Freedom everywhere, and for Civilization: and, as the less is contained in the greater, so are all the arts, all sciences, all economies, all refinements, all charities, all delights of life, embodied in this cause. You may reject it: but it will be only for today. The sacred animosity between Freedom and Slavery can end only with the triumph of Freedom."”Senator Charles Sumner in his June4, 1860 speech on the Senate floor, THE BARBARISM OF SLAVERY.
Part I: the Mentor and Two Patrons
Part II: An American Interlude
Part III: Outsider Art
Part IV: Art and Politics - A Monument and a Monumental Debate
Part V: A New Patron
Part VI: Unforeseen Circumstances
Part VII: Art and Politics - Dissension
Part VIII: Topping the Dome
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