New Haven's Sentinels: The Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock by Jelle Zeilinga de BoerNew Haven's Sentinels: The Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock by Jelle Zeilinga de Boer

New Haven's Sentinels: The Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock

byJelle Zeilinga de BoerPhotographed byJohn Wareham

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West Rock and East Rock are bold and beautiful features around New Haven, Connecticut. They resemble monumental gateways (or time-tried sentinels) and represent a moment in geologic time when the North American and African continents began to separate and volcanism affected much of Connecticut. The rocks attracted the attention of poets, painters, and naturalists when beliefs rose about the spiritual dimensions of nature in the early 19th century. More than two dozen artists, including Frederick Church, George Durrie, and John Weir, captured their magic and produced an assortment of classic American landscapes. In the same period, the science of geology evolved rapidly, triggered by the controversy between proponents and opponents of biblical explanations for the origin of rocks. Lavishly illustrated, featuring over sixty paintings and prints, this book is a perfect introduction to understanding the relationship of geology and art. It will delight those who appreciate landscape painting, and anyone who has seen the grandeur of East and West Rock.

About The Author

JELLE ZEILINGA DE BOER is Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus at Wesleyan University and the author of Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture. JOHN WAREHAM is the video production manager at Wesleyan University.

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Title:New Haven's Sentinels: The Art and Science of East Rock and West RockFormat:HardcoverDimensions:180 pages, 8.24 × 10.2 × 0.79 inPublished:July 19, 2013Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819573744

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
Nineteenth-Century Views of New Haven and Its Sentinels
Gallery One, Views of New Haven from the Rocks
TOPOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY OF THE NEW HAVEN AREA
SILLIMAN’S CONUNDRUM: THE ROLE OF BASALT IN THE GEOLOGICAL CONTROVERSY BETWEEN NEPTUNISTS AND PLUTONISTS
TECTONIC SETTING OF NEW HAVEN’S ROCKS
The Geology of West Rock, East Rock, Pine Rock and Mill Rock
West Rock
Gallery Two, West Rock Paintings
East Rock
Gallery Three, East Rock Paintings
Pine Rock and Mill Rock
THE JUDGES CAVE ON WEST ROCK
Gallery Four, Judges Cave Paintings
THOMAS COLE’S LANDMARK IN HIS COURSE OF EMPIRE PAINTINGS
Appendix One: Minerals and Metals Associated with Connecticut Basalts
Appendix Two: Further Notes on the Artists and Their Art
Bibliography
Webliography
Geologic Glossary
Acknowledgments

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West Rock and East Rock are bold and beautiful features around New Haven, Connecticut. They resemble monumental gateways (or time-tried sentinels) and represent a moment in geologic time when the North American and African continents began to separate and volcanism affected much of Connecticut. The rocks attracted the attention of poets, painters, and naturalists when beliefs rose about the spiritual dimensions of nature in the early 19th century. More than two dozen artists, including Frederick Church, George Durrie, and John Weir, captured their magic and produced an assortment of classic American landscapes. In the same period, the science of geology evolved rapidly, triggered by the controversy between proponents and opponents of biblical explanations for the origin of rocks. Lavishly illustrated, featuring over sixty paintings and prints, this book is a perfect introduction to understanding the relationship of geology and art. It will delight those who appreciate landscape painting, and anyone who has seen the grandeur of East and West Rock.“A beautiful and sensitive evocation of the role that the dramatic landscape of New Haven played in shaping the culture and art of that city, and beyond that to the foundations of American painting and the nascent science of geology in the nineteenth century. In a fascinating selection of paintings and diagrams, a master earth scientist documents the stages whereby the inhabitants of the region reshaped not only their natural environment but also their fundamental understanding of the forces that had wrought the land in which they dwelled.” - Leo J. Hickey, professor of geology, Yale University