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Ingres by Susan L. Siegfried Book Summary:
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) produced a body of work that strongly appealed to his contemporaries while disconcerting them. Even today, the odd qualities of his work continue to fascinate scholars, critics, and artists. In this handsomely illustrated and elegantly written book, Susan L. Siegfried argues that the strangeness associated with Ingres’s paintings needs to be located in the complex and richly invested nature of the work itself, as well as in the artist’s very powerful—if often perverse—sense of artistic project. She shows that his major re-thinking of pictorial narrative – in his classical literary, historical, and religious subjects – was as central to his achievement as his distinctive rendering of the female figure in classical nudes and portraits. He was engaged in a complex process of giving visual form to narrative, which he did in new and unusual ways that involved him in a close reading of the texts on which he drew, including authors such as Homer, Virgil, Ariosto, and Dante, as well as religious narratives and stories about medieval and early modern French history.
The Conquest of Ruins by Julia Hell Book Summary:
Introduction. Post-Roman mimesis and the law of ruin -- After Carthage: the Roman empire, its rubble and ruins -- Post-Roman mimesis as conquest/besetzung: Charles V at Tunis, 1535 -- Post-Roman mimesis in the modern age: Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific and the French conquest of Egypt and Algeria -- Barbarians becoming Romans: from Germany's anti-Napoleonic barbarians to the ruin gazer scenarios of the conservative revolution -- With the end in mind: the Nazi empire's post-Roman mimesis and the ruined stage of Rome -- Theorizing empire with the end in sight: Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger -- Epilogue: Anselm Kiefer's Zersetzungen/disarticulations
Napoleonic Art by Barbara Ann Day-Hickman Book Summary:
Scholars have long debated the mysterious popularity of the Napoleonic Legend, from the emperor's final defeat in 1815 to the astounding electoral victory of his nephew, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, in the presidential elections of 1848. In this book, the author demonstrates how broadsheet illustrations about Napoleon Bonaparte helped shape popular support in regional France for the "new" Bonaparte elected in 1848. Nicholas Pellerin, an avowed republican, and Pierre-Germain Vadet, a veteran of the Imperial wars and staunch bonapartist, promoted representations of Napoleon to criticize and undermine the political status quo. The author reveals how the Pellerin broadsheets about Napoleon sustained anti-Bourbon, anti-Orleanist sentiments during the several decades preceding the revolution of 1848.
Gardner's Art through the Ages: Backpack Edition, Book E: Modern Europe and America by Fred S. Kleiner Book Summary:
GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: BACKPACK EDITION, BOOK E: MODERN EUROPE AND AMERICA is part of an easy-to-carry, six-volume set. Author and award-winning scholar-professor Fred Kleiner continues to set the standard for art history textbooks, combining impeccable and authoritative scholarship with an engaging approach that discusses the most significant artworks and monuments in their full historical and cultural contexts. The most widely read and respected history of art and architecture in the English language for over 85 years, the book's 15th edition includes nearly 200 new images, new pedagogical box features, images that have been upgraded for clarity and color-fidelity, revised and improved maps and architectural reconstructions, and more. Over 40 reviewers -- both generalists and specialists -- contributed to the accuracy and readability of this edition. GARDNER's has built its stellar reputation on up-to-date and extensive scholarship, reproductions of unsurpassed quality, the consistent voice of a single storyteller, and more online resources and help for students and instructors than any other art survey text. For half-year and Western-only courses, books within the six-book set can be purchased individually. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective by Fred S. Kleiner Book Summary:
Author and award-winning scholar-professor Fred Kleiner continues to set the standard for art history textbooks, combining impeccable and authoritative scholarship with an engaging approach that discusses the most significant artworks and monuments in their full historical and cultural contexts. GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, VOLUME II includes nearly 100 new images, new pedagogical box features, images that have been upgraded for clarity and color-fidelity, revised and improved maps and architectural reconstructions, and more. Over 40 reviewers -- both generalists and specialists -- contributed to the accuracy and readability of this edition. A unique scale feature will help students better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. Within each chapter, the Framing the Era overviews, timeline, extended captions, and the chapter summary section titled The Big Picture will help students review for exams. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
As Befits a Legend by Michael Paul Driskel Book Summary:
This work is an examination of the tomb of Napoleon - its construction process, historical context, and political and social meanings. It documents the problems inherent in building an appropriate monument and the debate it generated.
Overcoming Dictatorships by Jutta Vinzent Book Summary:
Overcoming Dictatorships explores art produced in response to the collapse of political authoritarian systems in 1989, particularly those of the Soviet bloc. A case in point is the visual work and discussions of ten artists who have bean selected and commissioned by 'Overcoming Dictatorships', a 2006-09 project generously funded by the European Union (EU). It aims to create a dialogue on post-dictatorial experiences among participants from countries designated as 'East' and 'West' Europe. Their works represent attempts to overcome collective identity formations of the past (i.e. the Soviet bloc, National Socialism and Fascism), critically engage with the fear of new dictatorships (including consumerism, globalization and mass media) and question 'western' political and social-economic uniformities (including the EU). Hence Overcoming Dictatorships challenges compartmentalized thinking and thus attempts to overcome authoritarianism. It is not the intention to add another pillar to a proclaimed European cultural heritage, but rather to contribute to bridging the East and the West, exposing the concepts of East and West Europe as in transition, which, as dominant cultural reference points for the contemporary visual, may also be on the way out, being replaced by an endless variety of issues, themes and positions.
Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France by Amy Freund Book Summary:
"Examines the genre of portraiture and the political and cultural role of images in Revolutionary France. Focuses on portraiture as a privileged site for the elaboration of modern notions of selfhood and political agency"--Provided by publisher.
French Genre Painting in the Eighteenth Century by Philip Conisbee Book Summary:
Imagined scenes of daily life by Watteau, Chardin, Fragonard, Greuze, and other 18th-century French artists are the subject of this important new study. The wide range of these artists’ works encompasses domestic subjects, portraits and fashion plates, and depictions of stylish entertainments, seductions, and sentimental tales. Examples span the century, from the time of Louis XIV to the French Revolution. Fifteen distinguished scholars present their latest research into the contexts and meanings of French genre painting during this period. The authors offer a variety of critical and historical perspectives, covering such topics as the relationship of genre painting to contemporary life and to sexuality, sentiment, and sensibilité; its patrons and collectors; its popularization through reproduction in the print trade; its contemporary critical reception; and its resonances through subsequent centuries, continuing to our own time.
The Roman salute by Martin M. Winkler Book Summary:
The raised-arm salute was the most popular symbol of Fascism, Nazism, and related political ideologies in the twentieth century and is said to have derived from an ancient Roman custom. Although modern historians and others employ it as a matter of course, the term “Roman salute” is a misnomer. The true origins of this salute can be traced back to the popular culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that dealt with ancient Rome: historical plays and films. The visual culture of stage and screen from the 1890s to the 1920s was chiefly responsible for the wide familiarity of Europeans and Americans with forms of the raised-arm salute and made it readily available for political purposes. The Roman Salute: Cinema, History, Ideology by Martin M. Winkler presents extensive evidence for the modern origin of the raised-arm salute from well before the birth of Fascism and traces its varieties and its dissemination. The continuing presence of certain aspects of Fascism makes an examination of all its facets desirable, especially when the true origins of a symbol as potent as the salute and the history of its dissemination are barely known to classicists and historians of ancient Rome on the one hand, and to scholars of modern European history, on the other. Thus this book will appeal to classicists and historians, including film historians, and will be of interest to readers beyond the academy.
Women and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-century France, 1800-1852 by Gen Doy Book Summary:
This book examines the relationship of class, gender and race to visual culture in early nineteenth-century France. Drawing extensively on contemporary sources, the author looks at the work of women artists, women art critics and writers to demonstrate that many of the assumptions about female invisibility and objectification in bourgeois culture and society need serious reconsideration. The first half of the nineteenth century was a complex and contradictory period in the formation and contestation of bourgeois ideologies of 'the feminine'. Women, though at a serious disadvantage, became visible as artists, critics and patrons and were not merely invisible, domesticated or 'constructed' by forces outside their control. Women artists such as Angelique Mongez painted heroic neo-classical nudes, while many named (and anonymous) women wrote art criticism, articulating their views as female spectators. Doy also examines notions of 'appropriate' work for women in relation to landscape, genre, sculpture and the emergence of Realism. Of particular interest is the discussion of the representation of black women during this period, when Fren
From Republic to Empire by John Pollini Book Summary:
Political image-making—especially from the Age of Augustus, when the Roman Republic evolved into a system capable of governing a vast, culturally diverse empire—is the focus of this masterful study of Roman culture. Distinguished art historian and classical archaeologist John Pollini explores how various artistic and ideological symbols of religion and power, based on Roman Republican values and traditions, were taken over or refashioned to convey new ideological content in the constantly changing political world of imperial Rome. Religion, civic life, and politics went hand in hand and formed the very fabric of ancient Roman society. Visual rhetoric was a most effective way to communicate and commemorate the ideals, virtues, and political programs of the leaders of the Roman State in an empire where few people could read and many different languages were spoken. Public memorialization could keep Roman leaders and their achievements before the eyes of the populace, in Rome and in cities under Roman sway. A leader’s success demonstrated that he had the favor of the gods—a form of legitimation crucial for sustaining the Roman Principate, or government by a “First Citizen.” Pollini examines works and traditions ranging from coins to statues and reliefs. He considers the realistic tradition of sculptural portraiture and the ways Roman leaders from the late Republic through the Imperial period were represented in relation to the divine. In comparing visual and verbal expression, he likens sculptural imagery to the structure, syntax, and diction of the Latin language and to ancient rhetorical figures of speech. Throughout the book, Pollini’s vast knowledge of ancient history, religion, literature, and politics extends his analysis far beyond visual culture to every aspect of ancient Roman civilization, including the empire’s ultimate conversion to Christianity. Readers will gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between artistic developments and political change in ancient Rome.
Nouvelle histoire du Premier Empire: La France et l'Europe de Napoléon, 1804-1814 by Thierry Lentz Book Summary:
Cette grande synthèse en quatre volumes retrace l'histoire d'un " empire " et des réactions qu'il suscita en son temps. Empire au sens d'" influence " d'abord, celle que les idées, la culture et les ambitions hégémoniques françaises exercèrent sur cette époque, dans le prolongement du Grand Siècle, du siècle des Lumières et, bien sûr, de la Révolution. C'est ainsi que l'aventure napoléonienne peut se replacer dans la longue durée. Empire au sens d'" institution " aussi, en ce que les gouvernements français imaginèrent des structures, avec leur fonctionnement et leur unité politique, afin de conquérir et d'organiser l'espace européen (et au-delà) pour réunir des peuples sous leur bannière par l'adhésion, l'intégration, la domination ou la suzeraineté. Si l'on ne peut échapper à la présence permanente de la volonté, de la personnalité et de l'œuvre de Napoléon qui ont marqué la période de leur empreinte, et si les développements de ce livre ont pour clef de voûte le cœur même de l'Empire (dans les deux sens évoqués plus haut), c'est-à-dire la France, il faut aussi " raconter " - en l'expliquant - un peu plus d'une décennie d'histoire de l'Europe, voire du monde, en dépassant à la fois la figure de l'empereur et les points de vue purement nationaux. Ce troisième volume propose une réflexion " transversale " sur les principes directeurs, le fonctionnement, les moyens et les buts du régime napoléonien, et une véritable plongée dans la France impériale, qui couvrait la France actuelle, mais aussi la Belgique, la Hollande, le Luxembourg, une partie de l'Allemagne, de l'Italie et des régions balkaniques. Après la description de l'État napoléonien, de sa place au cœur de l'organisation sociale et de ses principes de fonctionnement, sont esquissés les contours de la société, de son socle paysan à son économie, en passant par sa structure et le positionnement fluctuant des grands courants politiques. Le livre revient ensuite sur le projet napoléonien pour une Europe qui hésita longtemps entre la soumission et la résistance, en proposant une réflexion sur la géopolitique européenne de l'époque, la diplomatie impériale, ses outils d'unification, ses limites et les forces centrifuges qu'elle déchaîna.
Ingres, un homme à part? by Claire Barbillon,Philippe Durey,Uwe Fleckner Book Summary:
Un recueil de vingt-cinq études consacrées au peintre et à son oeuvre s'appuyant sur les apports de l'historiographie récente. Elles tentent de saisir la personnalité de l'artiste afin d'entrevoir si, à l'instar de sa création, il était hors normes et irréductible aux schémas traditionnels en cours au XIXe siècle.