BAR 36:02, Mar/Apr 2010
Past Perfect: An Artist’s Impression of Turkish Jerusalem
Emelene Abbey Dunn (1859–1929) was an American landscape painter and art teacher. After graduating from the Free Academy in Rochester, New York, Dunn studied under the artists Caliere Corcos and Longworth Powers in Florence, Italy, and later Monsier Dube in Paris. Upon returning to the United States, she became a leader in the development of arts education programs nationwide. For 20 years, Dunn managed the Normal Art School in New York, an academy for training art teachers. During World War I, she devoted herself to Red Cross efforts in comforting Allied soldiers. During this period she developed health problems that forced her to return to Rochester, where she died in 1929.
Following is an excerpt from Dunn’s Mediterranean Picture Lands (1929), a collection of her landscape paintings and notes from her travels in the Near East in 1903, describing her impressions on entering Ottoman-controlled Jerusalem.