Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Joachim Pissarro

Second Advisor

Susanna Cole

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis examines how artists, intellectuals, spiritual seekers, and industrialists represented the American horizon across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The purpose of this inquiry is to show how art transmuted ideological and religious beliefs across time and to demonstrate the interdependence of esoteric self-perceptions and American hegemonic power.



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