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The Martinos: A Legacy of Art by James McClelland (review)

The Martinos: A Legacy of Art by James McClelland (review) book reviews James McClelland. The Martinos: A Legacy of Art (Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2010). Pp. 181. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $59.95. In the introduction to The Martinos: A Legacy of Art, the author writes, "Students of the art world can name families of artists such as the Peales, the Wyeths and the Calders, but there was another Philadelphia family of artists that does not readily come to mind. yet the Martinos produced more artists than any of the aforementioned" (vii). The assertion of numbers is certainly true of the Calders, but is more questionable when applied to the Peales and the Wyeths. Coming to questions about national reputation and significance, this comparison becomes even dicier. However, we owe author McClelland a debt of thanks for compiling the first monograph devoted to what he called "this amazing family of artists [that] is very much underrated, under-appreciated, and relatively unknown" (vii). Central to the story are the seven Martino brothers, all of whom were artists to one degree or another. Two, Antonio and Giovanni, had important regional careers; another brother, Edmund, was lesser known. All the brothers supported themselves working as commercial artists, for a long http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Penn State University Press

The Martinos: A Legacy of Art by James McClelland (review)

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies , Volume 80 (3)

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book reviews James McClelland. The Martinos: A Legacy of Art (Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2010). Pp. 181. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $59.95. In the introduction to The Martinos: A Legacy of Art, the author writes, "Students of the art world can name families of artists such as the Peales, the Wyeths and the Calders, but there was another Philadelphia family of artists that does not readily come to mind. yet the Martinos produced more artists than any of the aforementioned" (vii). The assertion of numbers is certainly true of the Calders, but is more questionable when applied to the Peales and the Wyeths. Coming to questions about national reputation and significance, this comparison becomes even dicier. However, we owe author McClelland a debt of thanks for compiling the first monograph devoted to what he called "this amazing family of artists [that] is very much underrated, under-appreciated, and relatively unknown" (vii). Central to the story are the seven Martino brothers, all of whom were artists to one degree or another. Two, Antonio and Giovanni, had important regional careers; another brother, Edmund, was lesser known. All the brothers supported themselves working as commercial artists, for a long

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