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Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan
Author: Dianne L. Durante

ISBN: 9780814719862
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 16 June 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.5
View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.[Durantes] guidebook is a perfect walking-tour accompaniment to help New Yorkers and visitors find, identify and better appreciate statues famous and obscure (honoring, among others, the father of gynecology and the general who had an unremarkable military and business career but composed taps, the bugle call). . . . Durante winsomely places 54 monuments in historical and artistic perspective. We learn that a trumpet is an allegory for announcing fame, that the monument to Admiral Farragut in Madison Square Park altered the course of American sculpture, that the figure with the winged hat atop Grand Central Terminal is Mercury and that the statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center was reviled when it was unveiled in 1937 because it supposedly resembled Mussolini. Lets hope Ms. Durante follows up in the other four boroughs. -- "The New York Times"Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan is a primer on getting to know our city's monuments. . . . Each entry has a uniform structure. It contains a photo, vital stats (year dedicated, size, materials), an About the Sculpture section, and an About the Subject section, as w...

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