This visually stunning volume explores Monticello, both house and plantation, with texts that present a current assessment of Jefferson’s cultural contributions to his noteworthy home and the fledgling country.Buy Now
A Look Inside
9 essays accompanied by 74 color photos on 208 beautifully-presented pages
Preface: On a Little Mountain in CharlottesvilleBy Leslie Greene Bowman. Monticello is much more than a house – it is the canvas from which Jefferson cultivated the spectrum of his connoisseurship.
As a founding visionary, Jefferson consciously “planted the arts” in our young and fragile country. This book explores Jefferson’s laboratory for living through the lens of his modern-day cultural peers and world-renowned art photographer, Miguel Flores-Vianna who shows us the art of seeing and composing, delighting, just as did Jefferson, in the soul-inspiring power of the arts.
Introduction: Statement for a New NationBy Annette Gordon-Reed. Jefferson was not one to think in terms of limits when it came to realizing his visions for himself and for the country he helped
found. His home, Monticello, became a statement for a new nation,
an example of what could be achieved in the new country;
beauty would be mixed with the utility of science and conveniences
achieved with new designs, keeping in mind the cost of realizing
that dream, in both human and financial capital.
Library - "The Choicest Collection of Books"By Carla Hayden. Jefferson’s private collection of books, built around his notion of universal knowledge, nursed the Declaration of Independence,
guided early American diplomacy, fueled innovations in American
technology, and assisted a Virginia planter before becoming
the “nucleus of the Library of Congress” where it was to serve as
the source of inspiration and ideas for the new republic.
Architecture - “The Perfect and the Personal”By Gil Schafer III. Jefferson created “an architecture that personified our great national experiment – indeed, our character: an architecture, like the
nation, unafraid to break with the past and one that privileged
freedom of expression, both individual and collective.”
Collections – A Mirror of the WorldBy Xavier F. Salomon. Jefferson’s taste was at once eclectic, practical, and sophisticated. The amalgamation of disparate objects mirrors the relentless
curiosity of their owner and is the fundamental characteristic of
Jefferson’s collecting, which went hand in hand with his desire to
educate and advance the citizens of his country.
Wine – An Appreciation of the GrapeBy Jay McInerney. Centuries ahead of his time, Jefferson’s taste and opinions on wine are remarkably consistent with those of connoisseurs today.
Cuisine – In Good Taste and AbundanceBy Alice Waters. Profoundly and intimately connected to the land that surrounded him and the food that came from it, Monticello’s cuisine reflects
Jefferson’s curious nature and democratic values, incorporating
new foods and methods of cooking to feed and entertain both
residents of and guest to Monticello.
Landscape – As Far as the Eye Could SeeBy Thomas Woltz. Monticello’s composition of farm, forest, gardens, and grounds stands as extraordinary example of comprehensive landscape design, perhaps the first of its scale and complexity in American
Conclusion – Architect of American ProgressBy Jon Meacham. Jefferson’s devotion to the arts manifested itself in all aspects of his life and career, through his penchant for curiosity, innovation,
74 color pictures captured by international photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna illustrate this edition.
Leslie Greene BowmanPresident of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. Formerly Executive Director of the Winterthur Museum, she is the author of "American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, and American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament." She has served by presidential appointment on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House since 1993.
Annette Gordon-Reed Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. Gordon-Reed has won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008, for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
Jon Meacham Presidential historian, contributing writer to the New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Society of American Historians, Meacham holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University.
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