New Book | A Guide to Eighteenth-Century Art

Posted in books by Editor on August 18, 2016

From Wiley-Blackwell:

Linda Walsh, A Guide to Eighteenth-Century Art (Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), 288 pages, (hardcover) ISBN: 978-1118475577, $90 / (paperback)  ISBN: 978-1118475515, $40.

1118475518A Guide to Eighteenth-Century Art offers an introductory overview of the art, artists, and artistic movements of this period, and the social, economic, philosophical, and political debates that helped shape them. It uses an innovative framework to highlight the roles of tradition, modernity, and hierarchy in the production of artistic works during this influential era.

The book spans a broad range of topics from the trade and craft of art; the hierarchy of genres; and the emerging public for artistic works; through to the relationship of art to wider cultural developments of the Enlightenment; art and morality, and much more. It also explores the relationship between western art and the growth of colonialism. In examining the art of the period, Walsh reflects the latest research and insights from contemporary scholars. Complete with numerous illustrations and supported by online resources, A Guide to Eighteenth-Century Art offers illuminating insights into the dramatic artistic achievements that transpired between the waning days of the Baroque and the Age of Revolution.

Linda Walsh is a former Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Open University. An established scholar of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century art, Walsh is the author of numerous articles and chapters on topics that include Canova and neoclassical theory; paintings by David, Watteau, and Chardin; eighteenth-century academies; art criticism; and British landscape art.

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List of Figures
Companion Website

Introduction: Style, Society, Modernity
1  Institutional Hierarchies: Art and Craft
2  Genres and Contested Hierarchies
3  Markets, Publics, Expert Opinions
4  Taste, Criticism, and Journalism
5  Seeking a Moral Order: The Choice between Virtue and Pleasure





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