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Art and Culture of the Puritans

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Samara Sargeant

on 9 September 2013

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Esp. evident in Puritan churches
Box shaped, made of wood
Very plain
Very little interior or exterior decorations
Lack of altar
Focus on relationship with God
Many windows
"God's altar needs not our polishing" - John Cotton
Art and Culture of the Puritans
Puritan Beliefs
Christians that wanted to purify Anglican Church
England beyond reform, escaped to America
Est. Massachusetts Bay Colony - 1630
Core Beliefs
Total Depravity
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints
Architecture
Simple & modest clothing influenced by religion
Dressed conservatively
Wanted their clothing to reflect being ‘pure’
Darkly coloured
not normally black
Loose fitting and high necked (modesty)
Accessories rarely worn (vanity)

Religious Customs and Beliefs
All holidays were religious:
Sabbaths
Fast days
Ways of honoring those who starved
Thanksgivings
Celebrations to thank God
Didn't celebrate Christmas - believed it was pagan
Women and Marriages
Weddings had prominent traditions

Conclusion
The Puritan beliefs of purity, piety, and simplicity were prominently reflected in the architecture, fashion, and traditions of Colonial America.
By Samara Sargeant, Brian Lue, Parker Wooden and Mina El-Sharif
How did Puritan beliefs shape various aspects of art and culture during the American Colonial Era (1600s-1700s)?
Fashion

Typical dress for women:
apron
shift
colf, bonnet or a tall hat to cover the hair
waistcoat
petticoat.
Dress for Men
breeches
jacket or doublet
shirt
normally dark coloured shoes
signature black or brown hat.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~peaveysusa/PVNE/churches/puritan_church.jpg
http://lithesome.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/old-south-meeting-3.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FtUfi3wtrXA/T-8mFovMaXI/AAAAAAAAA-0/BbGPArl_B2E/s1600/puritan+wedding.jpg
http://imagehost.vendio.com/preview/ha/haats/HW1867P760359.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mKtIKpI-bJU/TsybLXeL1aI/AAAAAAAAA7c/0o0tfkCkP-w/s1600/images+%25281%2529.jpg
https://thepragmaticcostumer.wordpress.com/tag/puritan/
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