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Title :

'Why should we be always looking back?' : 'Christian art' in nineteenth-century historiography in Britain

Author :
ERNSTROM, Adele M. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
For George Eliot in Middlemarch availability of literature on Christian art separated the world of the 1870s from that of 50 years before. 'Christian art' indeed emerged punctually in the mid-1830s as a category unconnected with any existing stylistic or period designation, but as coterminous with Christian faith. This essay examines its context in religious crisis and utopian thought as 'Christian art' was translated from architectural revival to historiography of the figurative arts by English writers taking various approaches to the challenge. Among these the most systematic revivalist was Lord Lindsay in his Sketches of the history of Christian art (1847). The most critical was Anna Jameson, who in 'The house of Titian' (1845) questioned in fundamentally historical terms the possibility, and desirability, of recreating the art of the past. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Art ; Crawford and Balcarres, Alexander William Lindsay, earl of, 1812-1880 ; Grande-Bretagne ; Histoire de l'art ; Historiens de l'art ; Iconographie chrétienne ; Jameson, Anna Brownell, 1794-1860 ; Religion ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Art historians ; Art history ; Christian iconography ; Crawford and Balcarres, Alexander William Lindsay, earl of, 1812-1880 ; Great Britain ; Jameson, Anna Brownell, 1794-1860 ; Religion ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1999, 22, 3, Sept
INIST identifier :
24969115 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;