Title :

Public fame or private remembrance? : the portrait bust and modes of commemoration in eighteenth-century England

Author :
BAKER, Malcolm ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Considers the portrait bust as a mode of representation that often involved tensions between public and private memorializing as well as between contemporary and posthumous portraiture. If the portrait bust may be seen as involving the negotiation between these various sets of binaries as well as an implicit notion of liminality, the ways in which an image may be read differ according to its setting. The process by which meanings are prompted and controlled by those settings is explored here through a discussion of several busts which were placed in different contexts. The moves between private and public and the ambiguities involved when sculptural images of the living become commemorative representations of the dead suggest that in the mid-18th c. the use of the bust as a sign of public fame rather than private remembrance was more problematic than it seemed to Byron 70 years later. ;
Pagination/Size :
10 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Buste ; Grande-Bretagne ; Monument commémoratif ; Portrait ; Portrait posthume ; Sculpture ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Busts ; Commemorative monuments ; Great Britain ; Portraits ; Posthumous portraits ; Sculpture ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975620 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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