The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War

Patricia Phagan and Peter van Alfen (editors.)

ISBN: 978-0-89722-348-5AOD_book_cover-web
Hard cover, 356 pp. with Full color images
List price: US $100.00 (plus S and H)
ANS Member and Dealer discount price: US $70.00 (plus S and H)

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Timed to coincide with the centennial of US involvement in the
First World War, the exhibition, The Art of Devastation, opened
on January 27, 2017, at the Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar
College. Jointly curated by Patricia Phagan (Vassar) and Peter
van Alfen (ANS), this exhibition explored for the first time on
American soil the intertwined roles of posters and medals in
shaping public opinion of the war and in steering Americans
into it. This companion volume includes six chapters focusing on
Great War art and propaganda by experts in medallic and graphic
arts of the early 20th century, followed by a complete, full-color
catalog of the 130 medals and posters featured in the exhibit.

Front cover illustration: M. Nelli Company, Florence
One Heart for All the Cohort, ca. 1917. Struck bronze, minted in Florence
ANS 2014.14.34 American Numismatic Society,
AOD 9201.14512.5 Art of Devastation, an ANS online exhibition

Jacket design by Alan Roche