|7569||PROMISED LAND, THE||PROMISED LAND, THE||1996||color||54 min||vhs|| (American Visions series, Part 2)
(Written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic for Time Magazine) Before there is an America, disparate bands of settlers strive to carve out an identity in a virgin land. In the West, Spanish missions use art to convert the natives to Catholicism. In the East, plain Protestant settlers are suspicious of art's pleasures. And in Virginia, an exiled artistocracy recreates its ideal of England. Early portraits of these settlers ask us to consider the emergence of this new person, this American (Closed-Captioned).