Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert Currier & Ives Gallery, First Floor
Although the firm of Currier & Ives is known primarily for its idealized images of rural life in America, the firm also published more than 350 lithographs featuring religious and moralistic themes.
Nathaniel Currier was from a traditional religious background as were many Americans who were brought up in New England during the early years of the 19th century. Consequently, lithographs illustrating religious themes and messages of morality were popular as well as marketable. The revivalist movement of the early 1800s increased the popularity of such images as the notion became widespread that any man could achieve salvation through his own moral efforts, charity and good works. Currier & Ives embraced and help spread these ideas and profited from the various themes that surfaced during this time. The exhibition will feature lithographs that represent the moral concerns and remedies of the 19th century as well as the strong religious tenor in America.